Twitter's 140-characters-or-less tradition might soon be sent to the same social media relic disposal bin Facebook's must-have-.edu-email-addys thing went way back when. Well, sort of.
Re/Code reports that Twitter is working on a product which will allow its users to bypass the pesky character limit constraint which has been in place since the beginning -- which has been equal parts frustrating and amusing, depending on who you ask.
It's not clear how the "product" being developed to circumvent the short-form system, but the "140 Plus" project, as it's being called, is an idea that's been kicking around the tech giant's HQ for years. In the words of one source, though, "People have been very precious at Twitter about what Twitter can be and how much it can be evolved," so it's been shot down time and time again.
Enter interim CEO Jack Dorsey, who's all for an evolutionary moment in Twitterdom, and suddenly the landscape of the Twitterverse looks ripe for construction.
"Having Jack come in and say it's okay makes all the difference in the world," the source explained.
Indeed, shortly after Dorsey became head bluebird for the brand, Twitter removed its 140-character limit on direct messages, as "another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun."
(Note: At the time of that shift, the company assured that non-DM tweets would maintain the 140-character limit.)