#EngTalk: Twitter More Than 140 Characters

Good evening, everyone! How was your Monday?

Do you sometimes feel that your enjoyment of tweeting is restricted by the 140 character limit, fellas?

The 140-character limit was adopted from that of good ol’ Short Messaging Service (SMS). You might remember our first phones back in the days: we could type up to 160 characters before the message was split.

Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey, told the LA Times back in 2009 that Twitter took 20 characters for usernames and the rest 140 for the tweet. Combined, it would make 160 characters, a normal SMS length. That’s where the Twitter we know came from.

sarah ‏@SarahKrtka
Ah i see
English Tips for You @EnglishTips4U
The 140-character limit was adopted from that of good ol’ Short Messaging Service (SMS).

True, and this is going to be our topic for today’s #EngTalk.
Robi Andriyani @razz_robi
@EnglishTips4U I do. But I’ve heard that Twitter’s character limit is going to be upgraded. is that so?

Rumour has it that Twitter has been considering improving the character limit. Some even said that it could lead to doing away with the constraint altogether. Some other said that it would be 10,000-character limit.

Changes are slowly happening in some forms such as usernames and media (pic, video, gif, etc.) attached to a tweet will no longer count as characters.

We can also quote and retweet our old Tweets. You can find out more here: https://t.co/WB5b4u6FpM

Now, do you think the changes already accommodate our needs to tweet longer sentences, fellas? Or do you think we need more? If you have any comments, ideas, or thoughts, mention us and use the tag #EngTalk.

 

Yusup Permana D ‏@permanadiku  19 Sep
No, I think 140 character is more than enough to say what I wanna say. If want more, just post on blog wkwk

 

sarah ‏@dramasranter  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U 10.000 is too much. Would there be someone who wants to read such a looooonnngg tweet? Heheh

marsbren–, ‏@melenguh  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U for me. Yassss!!! Hehehe.

Nada ‏@despasya  19 Sep
Wow- what-

 

Desi Purnamasari ‏@desikly  19 Sep
I don’t think that it’s a good idea.

 

coco ‏@mhdafff  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U i wud strongly agree for the attachment to not be counted as char but i personally think the limit shud just stay at 140.

sarah ‏@dramasranter  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U what we need the most: ‘edit’ button.

Ardiansyah ‏@arditaher  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U 140 characters are OK, but please don’t count any links/pics

Robi Andriyani ‏@razz_robi  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U the 140-character limit is supremely OK. Having more than 140 characters?? It’s so-called ‘blog’, not Twitter’ #EngTalk

Tami hidayatullah ‏@frankenSHIT_  19 Sep
10.000 character is too much, i think later twitter is weird with long advertising and spamming like facebook

 

For me, the 140 character limit is what makes Twitter as it is, but adding a hundred more wouldn’t hurt #EngTalk
Yusup Permana D @permanadiku
How abot you admin?

 

We are talking about Twitter being more than 140 characters, fellas. Tweet us what you think with the hashtag #EngTalk

coco ‏@mhdafff  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U I couldn’t bare myself up reading lengthy ‘essay’ whenever im on twitter srsly that wud be irritating #EngTalk

@SingleAstronaut  19 Sep
Yes, but I love it with only 140 characters, unlike Facebook.

Sentta S Ariesta  ‏@nthatia  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U not at all. I enjoy 140 characters, that’s the excitement of tweeting.

Razif Mahmud‏@mrazifmahmud
@EnglishTips4U 140 force me to be precise, short and sweet. But sometimes 140 just drive me crazy

fijar ‏@fijarhajianto  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U IMO, Twitter will be weird if characters more than 140 and twitter is not being twitter no more. Twitter is simple #EngTalk

Yusup Permana D ‏@permanadiku  19 Sep
We can show our feelings just for 3 words, 8 letter with 3 space, like “I Love You” no need more than 140 wkwk

Ryan Andisky Asrul ‏@RyanAndisky  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U it’s not necessary to add the character limit.

 

From most of your comments, it seems like Twitter should stay with 140 characters, but surely there’s still a lot of rooms for improvement.

Thank you for joining today’s #EngTalk, fellas. It really means a lot to us *hugs*

Visit also http://www.englishtips4u.com  for other interesting English learning materials. Good night, fellas! Bye!!

 

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 19 September, 2016.

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