Twitter has increased the allowable character length from 140 to 280 characters per tweet. This, along with the inclusion of images, arguably allows users to more fully tell a story, explain a situation, settle a debate, and more. Yet some users aren’t a fan of the increased wordiness.
Stephen King and JK Rowling were unified in their lack of support for the extended character limit, with the latter saying “Twitter’s destroyed its USP. The whole point, for me, was how inventive people could be within that concise framework.”
It’s an interesting perspective, less is more.
Perhaps this opportunity for elaboration is a good thing, and will make for improved grammar online, though perhaps it will lead to excessive prose by some who simply wish to gain more air time, or tweet time.
Has twitter really now lost it’s USP, and will the no-longer small, bite sized chunks of observations be less digestible for their audience?
Only time will tell. For now, I’m still a fan of less is more, and a little mystery.