Twitter announced this week that they are planning to increase the average size of a tweet from the 140 limit to anything up to 10 000 characters. While a lot of outraged people have, rightly, pointed out that this just gives trolls more space to work with, and what Twitter really needs is an edit button, we found some reasons why this is not a bad idea afterall.
No more numbered tweets
Finally, no more 100 tweets from the same person trying to break down an issue you did not know existed. Just one tweet from uMam’ Nomboniso Gasa and you can move on with your day.
No need to spend too much time composing tweets
You won’t have to sit there for ten minutes composing the perfect tweet (and failing). Let’s face it, only a select few can be smart and quirky and still leave room for a link, and picture in 140 characters. Showoffs.
You don’t have to butcher sentences to make the tweet fit
Your days of committing atrocious grammar and spelling errors because you have to leave words out are over. Now you can write out “white people” instead of “yt ppl” and still have space left over to play. Obviously, if your spelling and grammar sucks anyway, longer tweets won’t help you.
Storytelling will be on fleek!
Storytellers have done wonders with 140 characters (remember Zola’s story or Teju Cole’s)? Imagine what they will do with more to play with. If you’re an aspiring writer, why not use the 10 000 character limit to get a short story noticed and (hopefully) published.
Bye-bye to the annoying TwitLonger!
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