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.
I could give up @TacoBell but I’m not a quitter.
— Taco Bell (@TacoBell) October 3, 2013
BUT LOOK, GUYS AT TACO BELL ARE DOING JUST FINE WITH 140!
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.
Fuck no, just no: IPO may force Twitter to drop character limit says Analyst http://t.co/4eNtYArdI4
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) October 4, 2013
Many are afraid that this will mean one rule for us, another for all those corporations that try to sell us stuff.
Bad Twitter News: Once Twitter goes public, the 140 character limit won’t apply to promoted/advertised tweets — Ronnie M. (@Ronnie131) October 4, 2013
Though longer tweets might be anathema to the purists, some users definitely want more characters with which to express themselves.
what do twitter gain out of giving you a character limit on a tweet it doesn’t make any sense — tinky (@celmaneeroj) October 4, 2013
I want a larger character limit, twitter — lil’ cuh (@codiminnick) October 4, 2013
And of course, this story would be nothing without a dash of sarcasm.
I see that Twitter may be forced to drop the 140 character limit, in order to appeal more to its investors. Personally I think that would be
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) October 4, 2013
The absolute best thing about Twitter’s character limit is that it really forces you to consider the best possible way to phrase all of your
— Matt Bick (@bigbadbick) October 4, 2013
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.