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Twitter decides to keep 140-character limit

NEW YORK – March 28, 2016 – Social networking giant Twitter has sided with its loyalists. It will keep Twitter’s 140-character limit in place.
About two months ago, news surfaced of possible changes that would lengthen the character limit on Twitter, sending some of its loyal users into an uproar. But Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive of Twitter, calmed those concerns last Friday by confirming that the company will keep its tweets at 140 characters – Twitter’s mainstay since it was founded 10 years ago.
“It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us,” Dorsey said on the “Today” show Friday. “It allows for of-the-moment brevity.”
Twitter claims to have 320 million regular users, but the company’s growth has slowed over the last few years, and Twitter faces mounting pressure to find ways to draw more people into its network. The Tweet length was among the changes it considered to court more users.
Nevertheless, Dorsey says the Twitter character length will stay the same, but the social network plans some coming changes, though he wouldn’t elaborate more.
“We’re changing a lot,” Dorsey says. “We’re always going to make Twitter better.”
Source: “Twitter Rules Out Long Tweets, Sticking to 140-Character Limit,” The New York Times (March 18, 2016)
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