Twitter is reportedly planning a huge shakeup to one of its most well-known features. According to Re/Code, Twitter is building a “new product” that will allow users to share tweets longer than the famous 140-character limit.
Instead of add-on services that allow users to tweet photos of longer messages, Twitter is apparently planning to allow true long-form content.
Along with the new service, Twitter has also been discussing not counting links and user handles as part of the 140-character limit. That would also give users the ability to write longer tweets.
Interim CEO and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is apparently supportive of the change:
“People have been very precious at Twitter about what Twitter can be and how much it can be evolved,” said one current senior employee. “Having Jack come in and say it’s okay makes all the difference in the world.”
Twitter has been making some recent tweaks to give users more space to express their views. The “retweet with comment feature” was added back in April, and in July Twitter dropped the character limit for direct messages. Users can now write private messages of up to 10,000 characters.