Analyst: Twitter IPO Marks The End Of 140 Character Limit, Because: Money

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Hey Twitter users, what would you do with more than 140 characters?

A United States-based financial analyst predicts that the 140 character limit will likely be raised to accommodate advertisers once the company goes public.

“Once it’s a public company, it has very demanding stockholders to meet and missing earnings or growth slowing – Wall Street has no mercy,” opined Sam Hamadeh, the chief executive of financial information provider PrivCo.

“And so you can bet they will punish Twitter for any misses and I think it’s inevitable they will loosen that 140-character limit. It’s not a sacred cow.”

But but but 140 character tweets is Twitter’s thing. It’s central to its success, is it not?

“They’re very short messages, very concise but for an advertising vehicle it doesn’t allow advertisers much room to really sell their wares,” Hamadeh says.


Some are saying it doesn’t matter. For Twitter, IPO is all about avoiding Facebook’s mistakes.

Still, Twitter’s public push isn’t being received too well by observers.

Many are afraid that this will mean one rule for us, another for all those corporations that try to sell us stuff.

Though longer tweets might be anathema to the purists, some users definitely want more characters with which to express themselves.

And of course, this story would be nothing without a dash of sarcasm.

What do you think of Twitter’s IPO? Should the bosses give longer tweets to everyone, just businesses, or no one? Personally, I think that since the rest of us had to figure out how to get to the point in 140 characters, advertisers probably should too.

Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.


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