Elon Musk, Twitter’s new CEO, confirmed the increase of tweet characters from 280 to 4,000 characters last month. If you can recall last month Musk replied “Yes” in response to a question about if the microblogging platform’s rumored intentions to increase the tweet character limit are real, but he did not provide any other details or a timetable for when the feature will be made available to users.
Recall that a rise in the character limits for tweets has been anticipated in the last two months. Earlier on November 27, when Elon Musk shared photographs of slides from a “company talk” a user commented that tweets should have a limit of 420 characters per tweet. That prompted a response from Must, who said, “Good idea.”
The limitation on the number of characters that can be used on Twitter in comparison to other social media platforms has been one of the most notable differences. The reason why Twitter was initially referred to as a “micro-blogging service” was partly due to the fact that it only allowed users 140 characters per post (for any tweet). However, in 2017, the character limit was eventually raised to 280 characters.
Tweet Character Limit to 4,000 will roll out in early February
A recent tweet by Elon Musk is what put today’s discussion back on track to focus on this particular topic. Musk made the announcement that Twitter will begin supporting long tweets at the beginning of February, as he had previously planned to do. According to Musk, the platform will also receive a whole new UI overhaul at the very end of the next week.
The next UI overhaul will allow switching between the “most popular Tweets” and the “most recent Tweets” by swiping right/left thanks to this new arrangement. At the moment, you need to select this option by tapping the star icon located in the top right corner and making your choice from there. Musk has also stated that the new side-scrolling navigation mechanism will enable easy browsing between recommended vs followed tweets.
In addition, it appears that Elon Musk has added a “bookmark” button to the Tweet details. In the previous statement, he indicated that he will make other improvements to Twitter’s user interface. All of these things are brought to the table by Musk, who has made big changes to the platform ever since he acquired it. Musk’s goal is to attract more people to Twitter.