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Twitter CEO welcomes post-140 character era with giant screenshot of text

10,000 screenshots

A report from Recode that stated Twitter was considering raising its character limit from 140 characters to 10,000 sent the social network into a tizzy, and has seemingly forced Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to respond.... with what amounts to a longer tweet.

In a screengrab of a statement written in iOS notes, Dorsey stated that the 140-character limit on Twitter was only implemented to make tweets fit into SMS messages, but noted that he now loves it and doesn't want to "lose that feeling," of creativity and brevity.

"We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it," Dorsey wrote. "Instead, what if that text… was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power."

Dorsey went on to say that the "majority of tweets" will stay short and conversational, but Twitter won't be shy about making changes to the core product. "We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as it’s consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it," Dorsey wrote.

Oh and tweetstorms are here to stay. So there's that.

Update: January 5th: 6:00PM ET: Fixed a quote that wasn't properly attributed.