Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed online and to Re/Code yesterday that sometime in the next few months, Twitter will go (as they call it) "Beyond 140," allowing users to write 10,000-character tweets. Fortunately, your timeline will only show the first 140 characters, but this will still fundamentally change how the platform operates. Before addressing how Twitter users felt about this (hint: negatively), here's what Dorsey had to say:
Well, now that the visionary executive of a social network that's having trouble attracting and keeping new users after 8 years has told everyone this is a brilliant idea, let's see how Twitter actually reacted.
Twitter fixes problems the way I imagine Donald Trump listens to his spouse. "You're unhappy? You must want 20 new dogs." #Twitter10k— Brian Gaar (@briangaar) January 6, 2016
Twitter expanding to 10,000 characters sounds like a random Dr. Evil suggestion.— Jon Friedman (@friedmanjon) January 6, 2016