In another rather new but expected change, Twitter has announced a major change to its platform today.
Starting from today, users who have subscribed to Twitter Blue can now create longer Tweets, up to a maximum of 4,000 characters.
Here is an example tweet;
need more than 280 characters to express yourself?
we know that lots of you do… and while we love a good thread, sometimes you just want to Tweet everything all at once. we get that.
so we’re introducing longer Tweets! you’re gonna want to check this out. tap this 👉… https://t.co/lge9udRzLE
— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) February 8, 2023
The move is aimed at giving users more space to express themselves, while still preserving the standard functions of Tweeting such as hashtags, polls, and the ability to post pictures.
However, longer Tweets will not be saved as drafts or scheduled to send later on the web.
The tweets will be capped at 280 characters on the timeline, but users can still read the full tweet by clicking on the “Show more” prompt.
While only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to post longer tweets, anyone can read and interact with them, regardless of whether they are a subscriber or not.
Subscribers will be able to reply and quote Tweet with up to 4,000 characters.
Since a while ago, Elon Musk has been promising longer tweets and announcing that the company is also working on introducing the option to add formatting to the messages, such as bolding phrases or changing the font size.
This is not the first time that Twitter has lengthened posts on its platform. The previous character limit of 140 was replaced with the current 280 character cap in 2017.