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Twitter Expected to Allow 10,000-Character Tweets



    Twitter Expected to Allow 10,000-Character Tweets
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    The Twitter Inc. logo is arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Twitter Inc.'s market debut will be the most anticipated initial public offering since Facebook Inc. listed last year, and the microblogging service is making sure to avoid some of its rival's pitfalls. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Soon, Twitter users may not have to choose their words quite so wisely.

    The San Francisco company is expected to alter its fundamental premise by allowing tweets as long as 10,000 characters — more than 78 times longer than the current limit of 140 characters.

    The company has not confirmed that the change is coming, but sources familiar with the development have spoken anonymously to the Wall Street Journal and Re/code. The size limit of direct messages jumped to 10,000 characters in July, when co-founder Jack Dorsey rejoined the company as its chief executive officer.

    Twitter established the 140-character ceiling from the start in 2006, a response to the 160-character limit that SMS text messages had on mobile phones.