It's (Maybe) Over 9,000!

Kurt Wagner, Recode:

Twitter is currently testing a version of the product in which tweets appear the same way they do now, displaying just 140 characters, with some kind of call to action that there is more content you can’t see. Clicking on the tweets would then expand them to reveal more content. The point of this is to keep the same look and feel for your timeline, although this design is not necessarily final, sources say.

According to the report, Twitter could be increasing the character count to 10,000, matching the current maximum they allow for DMs.

Because all change is completely awful and means only bad things forever and always, diehard Twitter users seem to be taking this news as confirmation that Twitter is a lost cause and will be irreparably damaged if their precious 140 character limit boxes is encroached in any way, shape, or form (of course, conveniently forgetting about inline images/gifs/videos, or URL previews, or Twitter cards). I'm not quite so quick to assume that this is going to be a bad thing if it happens. It's unrealistic to assume that Twitter is going to be the same forever, and I don't think exploring lengthier Tweets is necessarily the downfall of the service.

Twitter still has the distinct advantage of allowing me to curate a list of interesting people, news organizations, and humorous accounts in a timeline view that is completely unique to me and my tastes. I can consume that information in a far more convenient and accessible way than any service out there. That alone is what keeps me coming back to it more than Facebook or any other service. Giving users the option to expand an individual thought, negating the need to create yet another goddamn tweetstorm? Things could be worse.

If Instagram relaxing restrictions on photo formats didn't kill it, I think Twitter will get through this just fine.

Also, just think of all the amazing and clever snark you'll be able to ejaculate into a 10,000 character Tweet. Just think of it. Tim fucking Cook won't know what hit him when he gets to read about how terrible he's run Apple into the ground when the iPhone 7 gets rid of the headphone jack.

Update: Jack's response to the hubbub is pretty wonderful.