In another change to Twitter, new company boss Elon Musk on Thursday announced users will get the ability to post long tweets soon.
“Ability to do long tweets coming soon,” Musk tweeted while replying to a series of tweets.
Ability to do long tweets coming soon
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2022
Twitter began as an SMS text-based service, which limited the original Tweet length to 140 characters (which was partly driven by the 160-character limit of SMS, with 20 characters reserved for commands and usernames). Over time as the micro-blogging site evolved, the maximum Tweet length grew to 280 characters — still short and brief, but enabling more expression, according to Twitter Developer Platform.
New changes at Twitter
After the chaotic takeover by tech billionaire Musk, a series of new changes are happening at Twitter. Yesterday, the new CEO replied to famed app researcher Jane Manchun Wong with a “wink” when she tweeted that Twitter is bringing back end-to-end encrypted DMs for Twitter on Android, thus, indicating that Twitter may be working towards introducing end-to-end encryption for direct messages (DMs).
It should be noted that the micro-blogging started working on encrypted DMs for Twitter back in 2018 under the moniker “secret conversations”. However, encrypted DMs for Twitter never saw the light of the day.
Earlier in May, Musk suggested that Twitter DMs should be end-to-end-encrypted so that the conversations can’t be snooped upon. Social media platforms are vulnerable to hacking and cyber-attacks and Twitter is no exception. End-to-end encryption (E2EE) has become a norm these days and it was popularised by Meta-owned WhatsApp which introduced end-to-end encryption to every form of communication on the platform in 2016.
Currently, DMs on Twitter are not end-to-end encrypted and according to Musk, the encryption should be like the Signal app.
Earlier this week, Musk also announced that the suspended Twitter blue tick subscription will be relaunched on November 29. Sharing the update on Twitter Musk wrote, “Punting relaunch of Blue Verified to November 29th to make sure that it is rock solid.”