Twitter turns 10 but is keeping its 140-character limit, Jack Dorsey says
Twitter's 140-character tweets are here to stay, chief executive Jack Dorsey said, ending speculation that the microblogging site might abandon one of its trademark features for a 10,000-character limit.
"It's staying. It's a good constraint for us and it allows for of-the-moment brevity," Dorsey said on NBC's Today Show. A Twitter spokesman declined to elaborate.
The company is celebrating its 10th birthday.
In January, reports claimed that Twitter was building a new feature that would allow tweets as long as 10,000 characters, a change it has already made to direct messages.
The proposed 71-times increase in the limit, allowing tweets of roughly 2,000 words in length, would have been the latest departure from the origins of Twitter since Dorsey returned as chief executive last year.
Twitter has declined to comment on the feature directly, although Dorsey tweeted the day of the report that the company had seen more screenshots of text posted as a way to get around the 140-character limit - suggesting that the company was in fact working on some kind of extension.
"We're not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people," Dorsey wrote at the time, also in a screenshot of text that was longer than 140 characters.