Twitter is set to roll out a new feature next month that will allow users to tweet long form content, Elon Musk confirmed in a tweet last Sunday.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 8, 2023
This is a big change for Twitter, which has traditionally been a platform for short, concise messages. From 280 characters, the social media platform can now publish long form tweets with a higher limit of 4,000 words, which is 14 times higher than its current limitation.
Many users feel that the 280-character limit is one of the things that makes Twitter unique and valuable, and they want to see it stay the same.
This means twitter will be no longer the original twitter.— Hitendra Pithadiya #BharatJodoYatra 🇮🇳 (@HitenPithadiya) January 8, 2023
Others worry that longer tweets could lead to more spam and abuse on the platform, saying this could be a horrible idea.
I promise you long form tweets is a horrible idea.— Brenden Deeg (@BrendenDeeg_) January 8, 2023
As part of Twitter's new UI changes, the microblogging site will let users swipe between recommended and followed tweets by adding simple left and right swipe gestures. In addition, he said that the bookmark button will be more accessible, which he refers to as a "de facto silent like."
Meanwhile, italicized and bold font styles are rolling out on Twitter today.
𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚: @elonmusk says you will soon be able to 𝗯𝗼𝗹𝗱 and 𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘻𝘦 words on Twitter!— greg (@greg16676935420) January 9, 2023
In 2017, the iconic 140-character limitation of Twitter was extended to 280 characters. It was considered one of the major moves in the "microblogging" platform's history under its previous CEO Jack Dorsey.