Elon Musk plans to increase Twitter’s character limit to 4,000

Elon Musk has been doing a number of changes on Twitter ever since he took over – from the relaunch of Twitter Blue to the selling off of office equipment and it seems he’s not stopping soon.

The Tech billionaire on Sunday announced that the platform will soon expand the character limit from 280 to 4000, signalling a major overhaul for the ‘micro-blogging’ site.

This will help to ease the restriction put by the platform on customers to express their messages in 280-character limit.

On Sunday Elon Musk responded with a quick “Yes” when a Twitter user named Allan Obare inquired if the platform was going to extend the character limit to 4000.

“Elon is it true that Twitter is set to increase the characters from 280 to 4000?” asked user Allan Obare.

“Yes,” Musk responded.

Musk, who purchased Twitter for $44 billion in October, did not provide any details about the change, nor did he offer any reasons.

Many Twitter users are dubious of the new 4000 character restriction because it makes the service more like Facebook and Tumblr; the Twitter team may only offer it to those who have upgraded to the paid Twitter Blue tier.

“The point of Twitter was that you had to be concise,” wrote Britni Danielle, a writer and senior culture writer with ESPN. “If I wanted to read badly written essays from random people on social media I would still be on Facebook.”

“Making posts 4,000 characters long ruins the one good thing about posting on here,” wrote culture writer Niko Stratis. “It’s much more fun, charming and engaging to read how much people draw out of very little and it’s been a big part of shifting how ppl communicate in shorthand.”

The platform used to give only 140 character limit. However, in 2017 the character limit was increased from 140 to 280 characters.

Meanwhile, it was revealed Twitter Blue will be rolling out soon but Iphone users will have to add an extra fee from the earlier suggested $8 per month.

According to Twitter, users can subscribe to the updated service for $8 per month for the web and $11 per month for Apple iOS, which will allow users to edit tweets, upload 1080p videos, and receive a blue checkmark upon account verification. Despite media claims that the firm was exploring for ways to offset costs levied in the App Store, Twitter could not explain why Apple customers were charged more than other users on the web.

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