Dear hardcore Twitter user,
I see that you have heard the news making the rounds that Twitter is considering increasing the post character limit from 140 to 10,000. I also see that you are already lamenting this and tearing your hair out. But hollup let me point out to you that YOU are responsible for this development.
When you really have something to say, you go to Facebook or Medium or your blog to publish your 2,000-word essay, and then come use Twitter as a warden to send traffic to those platforms. Presenting detailed arguments and exegeses is horrible on Twitter (which is why you go use those other platforms for more detailed public communication to start with). You have a sentimental attachment to your 140-character limit because you feel good showing off your mastery of English in terms of the ability to craft your thoughts into concise bites. But you are an intellectual minority. The average person – the huge majority of people online – just want to express themselves without requiring or exercising any great wordsmith skills.
Okay, pay to use Twitter. Mba! You are not willing to pay. Even adverts are a problem to you. You complain about adverts everyday. Kilode? What do you want Twitter to do again? Twitter stays unprofitable and niche – all because of you and your preferences. But Twitter needs to make money. Twitter needs to grow bigger (or to use a fancier term, to scale). It makes sense for Twitter to try to go where the numbers and the money are. It makes sense for Twitter to pander to the majority’s needs. Don’t you love democracy anymore? Twitter for the people….or something like that.
Everything you prefer Twitter to be is exactly why it isn’t as successful as it should be. “But Twitter is unique because of the 140-character limit”. Duh. Uniqueness for the sake of being unique is nonsense. Survival is the first rule of the jungle. And so, Twitter considers this option. Will the character limit be extended to 10,000, as being circulated? Maybe. Maybe not. But I hope you get it. The proposal makes sense.