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Written by Nick Heer.

Twitter Reportedly Considering Much Longer Character Limit in Tweets

Kurt Wagner, Recode:

Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Twitter is currently considering a 10,000 character limit, according to these sources. […]

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.

Apple has Apple News, Facebook has Instant Articles, and this product feels like it will be in the same vein. Twitter is, after all, uniquely journo-friendly in a way that Apple and Facebook are not.

On the other hand, why not just buy Medium?

Update: Jack Dorsey has confirmed that this is something they’re working on, but that they’ll still be “focusing on conversation and messaging”.

In a broadly-unrelated aside, I’ve long harboured a hunch that they’re working on a DM-only messaging app, too.