140 Characters turns 10 Years Old



It has been said you go to Facebook to see what happened and to Twitter to see what is happening. This has been evident in the Arab Spring movement. It allowed people to tell what is going on in countries with news black outs. I think this is one of those moments that cemented Twitter into news and news gathering.

When Twitter first came out I, along with many I suspect, thought the 140 character limit was crazy. There is no way you can have a conversation on the service. How wrong I was proven. Conversations were helped with the advent of the Hashtag. At the time it was a foreign concept but now everyone has a Hashtag! Now we have pictures, videos and image tagging to help share information!

If you were around Twitter in the early days you had to use a separate service Twitpic, to share pictures. Then it opened a browser window. How times have changed! The service has really grown up and has come into it’s own. There has been talk of the service having issues with new user growth. I don’t know what the future will hold but I hope it will be in the future of social media.

Speaking of the future. I have heard rumors that Twitter will be doing away with the 140 character limit. It will be replaced with 10,000 character limit but only show the first 140. Jack Dorsey said on the Today Show this week, ““It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us and it allows for of-the-moment brevity,” This is good news as if we had to scroll through hundreds of posts with 10,000 characters we would never find anything.

I am glad we have Twitter and hope it will be around for 10 more years. It play a vital role in the world of social media marketing.

Tim is the founder of Element33. A social media agency specializing in education, management and strategy for small businesses. He comes from a traditional marketing agency but has embraced all things digital. He considers himself a marketing nerd and believes that all marketing is tied together. This means no matter what silo you are in, social, email, seach, etc, changes in one will affect the other!

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