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Twitter Is More Valuable As Chat Not An Essay

Twitter Is More Valuable As Chat – Not Writing An Essay

Twitter is More Valuable as Chat
You might have heard all the chatter recently about Twitter increasing their character count from 140 characters to 10,000 characters. Yes, you read that correct.

140 to 10,000 characters per tweet!

That is like going from a little chat to writing an essay! Is that what Twitter wants to become? The rumor is that this may happen sometime before the end of March 2016. 10,000 characters is like a 3 full page Microsoft Word document and maybe another half page. (Depends on how long your words are). Twitter was founded on short messaging and micro blogging. Will making this possible change, change Twitter dramatically?

As you know Twitter has been making many changes lately. The last recent Twitter change was taking away the API to no longer show our Twitter share counts. Many bloggers and website owners were not happy with this change. Luckily there were some developers of plugins that allowed us to show our counts back on our websites and blogs again.
The chat on Twitter really grew this past week after the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey tweeted this out last week:

Note: That Jack said IF we decide to ship what we explore….So it’s not written in stone just yet. Don’t get out your long forms just yet for tweeting. Twitter is more valuable as chat and I think Jack knows that too according to his own tweet. It will be very interesting to see where this exploration of Twitter character count goes.

What Else Is Twitter Up To?Twitter Drone

Twitter Drones – Did you know Twitter applied for a Drone patent last month? This drone would be used for taking photos and videos. These could be streamed through users Twitter stream! It could also be piloted via tweets. It could get interesting at a live event. Imagine tweeting to a drone to give it directions? 

Twitter Algorithm Changes – Has anyone noticed their Twitter feed looking a little different these days? Twitter has been playing with these since December. You may not be seeing everyone’s tweets that you follow. Or they may appear in at different times than previously shown. The tweets may be ordered by relevance rather than reverse chronogical order. Another thing Twitter is experimenting with. Will they end up doing like Facebook and require marketers to pay for promoted post for them to be seen in the stream? We sure hope not on Twitter! 

Hashtag Ads – This just came out days ago from Twitter. It is still in beta testing and not available to all yet. It will be an exclusive ad format that will include a call to action buttons with several hashtags. You will be able to pick between the hashtags under the tweet and then retweet it as well. A consumer can add their own message to it when they retweet the advertisers message. These are also called Conversational Ads. A great way to include consumers in a brand’s advertising message. Here is an example from Samsung Canada:

Streaming Periscope Videos Now in Twitter Feed – This is starting NOW on IOS and will reach all apps and desktop soon. You will be able to view live streaming videos from Periscope right in your Twitter feed! How easy is that now? No switching back and forth. I think this may be Twitter’s answer to video as Snapchat and Facebook are close in their video view counts. Twitter is staying in the social media game by adding this to their latest updates.

Do you like the latest changes Twitter is making? Which of the above do you like the best?

Do you feel Twitter is more valuable as chat vs using 10,000 characters per tweet? 

Top Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Drone Image courtesy of Victor Habbick at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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28 Responses to Twitter Is More Valuable As Chat Not An Essay

  • Eli Seekins says:

    Woah…. Wait….

    Is this actually happening? I had no idea.

    Personally I get frustrated with Twitter’s character limit. I’d like something up to about 2k characters. But 10,000 is a lot!

    Thanks for the heads up Lisa!

  • Ana Hoffman
    Twitter:
    says:

    Twitter is definitely going through some growing pains – you’d think they should’ve know by now what they are!
    Ana Hoffman recently posted…How to Manage Twitter Like a Pro [Your Daily Twitter Routine]My Profile

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Ana, yes. Those growing pains seemed to come all at once too. I hope they figure it out soon, they are still my favorite. Thanks for coming by Ana and commenting.

  • Peter says:

    I have to agree that 10,000 characters seems a little over the top 😐 Perhaps in the long run people will unfriend people who consistently blab too much on Twitter. I know I would’t follow those sort twitterers.
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  • Barbara Radisavljevic says:

    There are times when I could really use a few more characters — especially when retweeting someone with a long Twitter handle. I often have to modify those tweets before passing them on, usually by eliminating hashtags, if possible. I’d love a 300-character limit, but 10,000 characters is too much. I don’t like having to pay to be seen. What’s the use of following someone if you don’t get to see their tweets? What’s the use of posting to a vacuum? It’s hard enough for a person to start an account and develop a following now.

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Barbara, you can use more characters now with the RT (quote) feature but not very long indeeed. It is like that with Facebook too, not everyone sees your posts that you are friends with. If you engage there you will see them more, I think maybe that is what Twitter may be striving for. It’s an ever ending changing enviornment. Thanks for coming by Barbara and have a great rest of the week!
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  • Barbara Charles says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the updates on Twitter. I hope Twitter doesn’t do this as well. Although I find it restrictive and a small character count could help (no more than 160), I find that it is a good way to put your info short and sweet and to the point.

    Thanks for the update. Keep them twitter updates coming. 🙂

    Barbara

  • Adrienne
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for staying on top of all the Twitter news.

    I had heard talk about possibly going to the 10,000 characters per tweet. Personally I think that’s WAY too much because it does veer away from why Twitter started in the first place. Granted, programs and platforms are changing all the time and it’s something we have to learn to accept.

    I think maybe going 300 characters tops would be much better just so you can say a little more. Like we have to sometimes finish what we want to say in a few tweets or take the conversation off Twitter. I’ve always thought that count was really low, especially when someone has a very long title for their post & you can’t get anything else in.

    I was talking just yesterday about how things continue to change and because these are free platforms we’re using we have to learn to adapt whether we like it or not. I’ve never been good with change, I just get so comfortable with what works ya know!

    It will be interesting to see what they do and I have a feeling the paid tweets are on their way. It’s obvious they hired Jack to make some major changes because those investors are eager to make money. Yeah, it will be very interesting Lisa, thanks for this update and I know as soon as any definite news is announced, you’ll let us know. 😉

    You have a great day girl, I sure will.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Adrienne, you are welcome. It’s almost a full time job of late. I like that idea, of 300 characters Adrienne. A little more sensible. Right, they are FREE platforms and I think many forget that at times. Someone, somehow has to pay. Whether we have to put up with ads or spend the money ourselves to get posts noticed, that what it will be. Conversational ads have started and they look really cool for those that need them. I hope to stay on top of it Adrienne. Thank you for coming by and enjoy the rest of your week there.
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  • Brenda P
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m so glad you decided to talk about this. When I heard the news about extending the characters, I was furious! Imo, it will make it like Tumblr or Facebook. What I love about Twitter is it ISN’T the other two. It’s quick and to the point. It’s easy to scroll through the feed and read blurbs, not novella’s. I really hope Twitter decides against this or if they do go with it, move it to a separate platform or something. I hate to see my beloved Twitter end up in the trash along side of Googe Plus.

    Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing what your readers say.

    B
    Brenda P recently posted…8 Great Tips to Keep Your Relationship Happy #InfographicMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing the Twitter Updates, or planned updates, here. And thanks for your last post on the Twitter Share Count too.

    I think 10k is excessive. Maybe 140 is too restrictive, especially when an image consumes some of those characters, but that is the Twitter brand. Why not build on that uniqueness rather than falling into line with G+ and FB. Ultimately it probably comes down to Twitter’s bottom line, and if they think there is more money to be made changing then they will.

    Time will tell…
    – David
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    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi David, nice to see you back here. You are welcome. Yes, but going from one extreme to another is odd. I think you are right, it’s about money to be made in one way or another and in a way I can’t blame them. It’s like all social media, we can’t expect it be totally FREE and void of ads and all. It’s a service, someone has to pay. Thanks for your input and have a great rest of the week David.
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  • Adrian Jock
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Sometimes I had to switch to Facebook of Google+ in order to explain something. Due to the 140 chars limit. That was very painful and weird.

    Other times I shared a post via Triberr or JustRetweet and it wasn’t displayed on Twitter. Due to 1) very long headlines (on Triberr) or 2) way too long tweets (JustRetweet counter doesn’t work properly)

    So extending the 140 limit is welcome.

    But 10k chars… That’s way too much. I don’t think that blogging on Twitter is something useful. I guess that so many chars are useful only to spammers. Plenty of space to copy a whole salesletter and then add one hundred hashtags 😆
    Adrian Jock recently posted…How to Get Your Twitter Share Count BackMy Profile

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Adrian, LOL, yes, I can understand why. Yes, those long headlines can get you….Imagine 10,000? But if its an option to see the rest vs forcing us to read it all – I think it would be okay in the long run. It will be very interesting to see how this one develops on Twitter. I could see the spammers doing that now Adrian 🙂 Thanks for coming by and for your input on this. Have a great rest of the week!
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  • Harleena
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Lots of information there about Twitter 🙂

    Yes, I read about using 10,000 characters per tweet, but that just wouldn’t be Twitter any more I think – it would be a mini blog post, or very similar to what’s shared on G+ and Facebook! I think Twitter’s always been known for its 140 characters and has risen to where it is because of it, so they should stick with that. If at all, they could let it remain as 140 characters, and perhaps have a – read more – option, which can expand to more characters. Let’s see what they come up with eventually. Change for the better is always good though.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
    Harleena recently posted…What Stops You From Self Publishing a Book on AmazonMy Profile

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Harleena, I know right? I agree it wouldn’t quite be the same Twitter. I think that’s what they will be doing Harleena, a read more option and that would be okay I think. We shall see when it happens. I usually do like change but this will be interesting to see how it plays out. Thanks for coming by Harleena and have a great rest of the week!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Twitter is going through a lot of changes…thanks for staying on top of that and sharing it with us. I don’t mind the changes but I sure hope they don’t start charging to have our posts visible in their stream.

    I remember hearing about Twitter making changes to their characeter count in the news. I’m all for adding more characters but I was thinking more in the links of 150-200 limit. I personally prefer it to a 10K. To me, Twitter was about keeping tweets creative, short and sweet. I guess we’ll have to see how it goes.

    Hope you’re having a great week so far!

    Cori
    Corina Ramos recently posted…5 Totally Doable Fitness Goals for 2016My Profile

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Corina, you are welcome – becoming almost a full time job now, LOL. I sure hope not with the charging.
      I agree as you know with short and sweet Corina. That’s why I’m there. Week is going well so far. I hope yours is too and thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment.

  • Debbie D.
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi, Lisa; Thanks for the Twitter updates. While I often get frustrated with the 140 character limit, 10,000 seems way over the top! Who has time to read such a long message anyway? Why not cap it at 200 or 300?
    Debbie D. recently posted…RAVES AND RANTS – #MONDAYMUSINGSMy Profile

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Debbie, that was my first reaction. I think from the CEOs tweet, they may give us option of seeing longer ones but the short 140 will remain in the feed. Let’s hope so! Thanks Debbie for coming by and commenting on this one.

  • Iván S. says:

    Personally I think people would continue using Twitter in the same way the did until now. At least the old school users, maybe the new ones will find this useful, who knows. Anyway it can´t harm anyone being able to write more characters, is up to ourselves to use them or no. Regards.

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Ivan, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. You make a good point. Except if it slows down our feed, we will have to see how it plays out. Thank you for coming by and have a great day.

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