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Twitter might remove its 140-character limit

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Twitter may soon allow users more room to breathe.

The social media platform is testing an expansion of its 140-character tweet limit, potentially raising it to as much as 10,000, according to The New York Times. Internally, the testing is reportedly referred to as “beyond 140.”

According to The Times, users’ timelines won’t look much different, as the new design will still cut tweets off at 140 characters and will give users the option to expand longer tweets. 

Company CEO Jack Dorsey posted a message (incidentally of a note) Tuesday afternoon, addressing a potential change. “We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it,” Dorsey writes. “Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.”

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Direct messaging — another Twitter feature — similarly had a character limit that was removed in August. As for other changes, Twitter flipped out the gold-star “favorites” for red-hearted “likes” in November.

The reported timeline of going beyond 140 is, at the earliest, March, according to The Times.

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