Twitter to soon allow more than 280 characters in posts?
"At its finest, we believe Twitter can serve as the internet's discussion layer. We've done a lot of work toward that goal," said Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's head of consumer product, in a news release.
Twitter introduced a slew of new features on Thursday, most of which were geared toward creators. The microblogging site also stated that it is expanding beyond the 280-character restriction and allowing users to express themselves. "At its finest, we believe Twitter can serve as the internet's discussion layer. We've done a lot of work toward that goal," said Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's head of consumer product, in a news release.
Beykpour also mentioned the prospect of people going above the current length of a regular tweet, i.e. 280 characters. "We're aiming to get above 280 characters. We want everyone on Twitter to be able to express themselves whatever they choose, whether it's through a tweet, utilising their actual voice in a live discussion, or through lengthier forms of communication like a newsletter," Beykpour explained. Twitter once had a character restriction of 140 characters.
Twitter also intends to launch additional Spaces features, such as a programme that will provide financial assistance to those who conduct audio talks and events on Spaces. The platform may also enable people to listen to Spaces audio after a live feed has ended. Furthermore, Twitter intends to broaden access to Super Follows, where users can allow followers to purchase a monthly fee to view additional paywalled material they post. Twitter also intends to launch Heads Up, a new safety feature. As the name implies, Heads Up tries to alert people before they enter a potentially contentious debate.
According to Twitter, the functionality is now under beta testing. Furthermore, Twitter users will be able to withdraw themselves from a conversation in which they have been tagged without alerting the user who tagged them. Twitter is also introducing a word filter, which will allow users to exclude certain terms from responses to their tweets.