Twitter CEO says its 140-character limit for posts is 'staying'

Twitter will be sticking with its infamous 140-character limit on public posts. The company's CEO, Jack Dorsey, when asked in an interview if the limit was staying or if it will change, answered, "It's staying. It's a good constraint for us and it allows for of-the-moment brevity."

Dorsey made the comments on NBC's Today show to help celebrate Twitter's 10th anniversary. He added that the company is "changing a lot. We're always going to make Twitter better".

Twitter recently raised the limit of characters in direct messages from 140 to 10,000, but a recent rumor claimed that the company was considering a plan to increase the limit of characters in public posts up to 10,000 as well. Dorsey's statement would seem to contradict those rumors.

47 Comments
  • 140 is too less I feel, it should be 160
  • It needs to account for the account handle too. That takes it to roundabout 160, the SMS limit.
  • A more sensible approach would be for the account handle not to count as part of the limit. It's common sense aint it?
  • I think that every time someone complains, they should take a character off just for that account. That's right, you just bought yourself a ticket to 139!
  • toothless. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Good!
    Twitter needs to be tweets. Otherwise it becomes just like everything else.
  • I just wish there was a way to 'click in' to view more. 140 for the tweet shown, but expanded if needed. Maybe limit that to 280 or something...
  • Rumor has it that's what they were testing (up to 10k characters) but that could have a side effect of the 140 character portion not actually saying anything, just being a lead in to the 10k portion.
  • That makes sense. Twitter would suck if it was just. Hey everybody check out m......
  • I wish the twitter videos and links worked when you click them but the twitter client is so far behind the iOs and Droid its a shame
  • update your client. all of it works
  • Nice! Wise man. Windows Central app for Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Raise it to at least 250.. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 on Lumia 950
  • They raise it to 250, then what? Raise it again, again, again, no limit. No more unique selling point, no more twitter. There will always be people who want a higher character limit, no matter what it is.
  • No. You must try Faceshít, you'll love it.
  • The limited characters is what makes twitter unique!
  • Good call.
  • Good.
  • While I prefer the brevity 200 characters would be perfect.
  • Good to see Windows phone's latest revamped twitter app's screenshot as featured image :)
  • That's the main feature that made it what it was, keep it short and get your point across
  • I was thinking of this just couple of minutes ago when I was tailoring my tweet to satisfy the character limit and this news now. Btw, anyone having the issue of unread notifications in the new Twitter app? When I launch the app, both the PC and mobile, the notifications bell tab always has the dot indicator over it even when I have read all the notifications! Anyone?
  • Yes, I have the same issue. it has acted that way since the Windows Phone 7 days thought.
  • Not for me. It's first time. The WP8 app didn't have this issue.
  • Using a language efficiently is a good skill to have.
  • This^
  • Agreed! With that said though. If you are tweeting with a support team of some kind it sucks to have to do 1/3 - 2/3-3/3 crap like that. And maybe twitter is not the best place for that. But sometimes that is the only way to interact with real people... I like the limit. Just not ideal all the time.
  • That is down to the company you are seeking service from. Twitter wasn't designed for that.
  • Oh I know. But sometimes you just don't have an option. Companies are vastly more responsive on Twitter due to the public nature than other forms of communication. Like I said, I whole heartedly agree with Clessiah, BataBole and you. But like I said, just not ideal 100% of the time.
  • Yeah you're right. I always do that. But if people wanna use more character just type them in the OneNote/Note apps , take screenshots then upload them on Twitter. Problem solved.
  • good
  • Twitter is twitter because of that limit. Good call!!
  • There was a rumor a while back that the reason for the limit was so that you could post using SMS - 20 characters for the Twitter handle and 140 charters for the posts, totaling the 160 that fits in a standard text message. Don't know the validity of that statement but it's always stuck with me. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have never heard that, but it makes sense! I remember using SMS with it back in the early days. Huh... interesting.
  • I thought it was great that Twitter has/had that option for someone who wants to tweet live but doesn't have data or a phone that can support proper data speeds.
  • Correct. There is a limit of 160 characters for an SMS message and the founders of Twitter wanted to leave room for a username.
  • That's always appealed to me. There are always going to be posts I wish didn't have that limit...but then if you're thinking that with every tweet, then is twitter really meant for you...? DMs are different. It's right and proper that they should have a much larger limit. They have never really been considered merely private tweets.
  • Good. Just enough. Sent from Windows 386
  • Twitter would have been full of waste if exceeded 140 limit.. Favourite was better than like...
  • Good. Wouldn't make sense. It would turn into Facebook or worse.
  • Ugh, I can't even imagine what would be worse.
  • Very good
  • What a coward.
  • Noooooooooooo dont do it! It'll definitely ruin twitter. I stopped using facebook because all the garbage posts people were making. I like twitter because of the short little 140 posts; it makes you think more about what you post instead of just ranting on...
  • Yes. That's the beauty of Twitter, express your complete self in just 140. I love it.
  • Can't swipe across to the next tab. Anyone else with this issue? Saw in the review video that you could do the same... Posted via the Windows Central App for Windows 10 Mobile
  • 140 characters is crap. 
    140 characters in Chinese is a different story.