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Is Twitter Abandoning Their 140-characters limit?

While I was working on a script, I recalled a scene from The Matrix in which ‘The Oracle’ was talking about good and defective pieces of software. So, I found the quote online and decided to post it on Twitter, but as usual, the 140 character limit was going to be an issue! Not this time!

I hit post, waiting to get the 140 character error message, but the tweet was posted anyway!

Tweet longer than 140 characters!

Tweet longer than 140 characters!

On my twitter profile page the message showed truncated to 140 characters, but with the periods of ellipsis (…) linking to the full tweet. I tested how it’s displayed on TweetDeck, but it was truncated to 140 characters without a link to read the full tweet – I guess this is a #TODO for TweetDeck’s team!

I tried again, with a really long tweet this time, but it was truncated at 246 characters! No warning on the posting box, though.

The question now: Is this a new feature of Twitter, or is it a bug?

I doubt it’s the latter, as even the Javascript that usually tells me how many characters are left didn’t warn me. So, it has got to be intentional. If it’s a new feature, then many websites that offer is to allow longer tweets are about to be decommissioned, such as: twerbose, twitblogs, XLTweet, twitlonger and others.

But, if Twitter is really considering longer Tweets, doesn’t that negate the entire purpose of the 140 characters limit that the entire Twitter reputation is build on top of? From the Twitter Blog: “The Twitter message limit of 140 characters was based on the limit of 160 characters imposed by SMS in general—we just needed some room to include your name in front of the message. It’s this simple constraint that allows Twitter to work well in so many places.”

What do you think? Let us know by leaving a comment.

UPDATE (24 May 2009): It turned out to be a bug, and some people heard about it beforehand. The question now becomes, why does Twitter keep this bug and seems to have taken it into consideration by enabling the system to automatically add the ellipses and link to the full tweet?

Top 7 Crimes Best Bloggers Commit!

How easy is it to create and maintain a great blog or website? How much effort, time and resources should be invested in a blog or website to ensure prolonged success and continuous recognition? What are the top 7 crimes the owners of some of the greatest blogs or websites commit?

Crimes a Blogger can commit :) ... Thanks to "Call thedoctor" of Flickr

'Innocent' crimes a Blogger can commit :) ... Thanks to "Call thedoctor" of Flickr

As I have promised you in my previous post, here is a one stop read of the top 7 mistakes that bloggers and site owners fall into after creating original and unique pages:

  1. Neglect: Many Internet users are time-poor, I know, yet after creating original and creative sites, whether in content and/or design, I believe that it is essential to maintain continuous updates and follow ups in order to keep the visitors loyal and coming back for more. Stumble Upon user commented on phatterism.com‘s creator by saying: “He created an awesome page and an inspiring way to make a blog… last update 2008, sad thing“.
  2. Redundancy: Repetition is a “no, no”! What worked once, twice, three times or even more, will not always work! Remember that! Even Guy Kawasaki made the mistake of becoming dull due to repetition and lack of innovation!

13 Viral Twitter and Flash Games Analyzed!

ThoughtPickers dived into the world of simple viral games – mostly twitter and flash based games –. We played, researched, and investigated… but mostly played ;) …

What Would A Stumbler Thumb Up?

What are the hottest topics floating around the world wide web? What are the basis on which users of Digg. Reddit, Stumble Upon, Mixx and other social bookmarking sites pick their favorite blogs posts, pages and sites? How could you create something that will stand out amongst a crowded virtual world of endless knowledge and […]

Interview140 with Skashliwal the Writer

Interview140 with Skashliwal the Writer

Thoughtpick's twitter interviews...

Interview140 is a series of Twitter interviews in 140 characters combining our expertise in web marketing and social media with the experience of active, hand-picked Twitter users about different topics of interest to the whole Twitter community.

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A Round of Applause to Threadless!

A Round of Applause to Threadless!

Threadless Logo

How many brands are properly making use of the free social media available for all? Is there at least one company that is doing it "just right" through the professional yet creative utilization of blends of online social media tools? And how long will will this success linger on before complacency and greed to generate more profits...

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Are Social Media Users Schizophrenic?

Are Social Media Users Schizophrenic?

Multiple Personality Disorder

What defines a schizophrenic? How can we correlate social media to loss of identity? And would it be rational to declare that many social media users suffer from schizophrenia? And is schizophrenia always negative?

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Queen Rania & Social Media: Tips and Insights

Queen Rania & Social Media: Tips and Insights

@QueenRania: "As u can c, my 4 yr old beat me at negotiating table re suit, but as trade-off, impeccable behavior! So proud!"

I read an article on TechCrunch about Jordanian Queen Rania’s new twitter account, and it got me interested in knowing how else one can communicate with her majesty through the Web and learn her thoughts and opinions. This got me thinking, and I’d like to say some points out loud concerning the technological side of her majesty's...

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Ford upsets bloggers more; no sign of an apology in the horizon!

Ford upsets bloggers more; no sign of an apology in the horizon!

Ford upsets ME bloggers

One of the things that upsets me the most in life is when someone makes a mistake then ignores it completely – like nothing’s happened – instead of standing up and take responsibility for his actions. While individuals may – sometimes – get away with it, I don’t think that companies, especially big ones like […]

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Karma-lization! The Pros & Cons…

Karma-lization! The Pros & Cons…

Is social media karma all what it's blown out to be? Or is it just an evil plot to alter behavior and manipulatively condition online users?

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