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Why Twitter's Double-Sized Tweets are Not a Good Thing
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6 Oct 2017 03:23 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Twitter Logo (Image Source: Screenshot)

Twitter's 280-character limit is a bad idea.

It may be a great idea for writers, authors, and poets who love to express themselves through the written word, but it's just going to attract more trolls and online bullies. Plus, it will give people an even bigger platform to spew hate, misogyny, homophobia, and racism.

Twitter was the favorable social media network because it allowed users to express themselves in 140 words. This new feature could cause some major trouble.

Last week, Twitter made a major announcement of allowing more space for longer messages. That means the double of the amount of characters. Aliza Rosen, Twitter's product manager and Ikuhiro Ihara, the senior software manager, argued that some people need more characters to express themselves than others. They believe this change is much-needed on the social media app. They claim that some English-language users don't like the original limit.

"Twitter is about brevity. It’s what makes it such a great way to see what’s happening. Tweets get right to the point with the information or thoughts that matter. That is something we will never change," they said.

But do users really need to communicate more on Twitter? It does sound appealing to some people, though. For instance, you can compose a message with links, images, and a short video, and still hit the appropriate limit. On the flip side, users may be annoyed with others taking up space on their timeline. People have turned away from their Twitter feed if it includes too much stuff they haven't chosen or they don't want to read.

In the Trump era, 280 characters sounds like a terrible idea. People already shake their heads every time the president tweets some absurd. It's bad enough that Twitter won't ban Trump from using Twitter. They love the attention he's been giving their social media site, which has been struggling for years. They don't care if he tiptoes on their policies. Other users can get banned for simply disagreeing with celebrities while Trump can continue to spew hate on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and other political figures.

With more words comes great concern. Most are worried this will bring more harassment, bots, and threats to the platform. The change has been rolling out slowly to a small group of users. This change will only affect those small percentage of users around the globe in a trial period that will last for a few weeks, according to The Ringer. Twitter will then decide whether to expand the new character limit to everyone. Hopefully, the social media site will do away with the idea altogether.

Twitter has considered increasing the character count for a while now. It was originally dubbed as "beyond 140" for the past few years as the company is finding ways to be more profitable. Last year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey denied that a character count was happening.

"It's staying. It's a good constraint for us," Dorsey said on Twitter's 10th anniversary. "It allows for of-the-moment brevity."

The company now states that the new character count trial would give "every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter." It's a good thing that it's a trial period. If it rolls out to everyone, it will be a horrible idea. More people will either get harassed or will be banned from the social media app.

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