Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hey Twitter: Do it. Change the 140 Character Limit

I realize that the news about you considering changing the 140 limit on tweets is blowing up Twitter, because long time users are complaining the change will make Twitter worse. 

But I say go for it. 

I am one of those long time users. I love Twitter. I use it every day. I don’t want it to change.

But I say. Change it. 

Don't stop

Jettison yesterday in favor of today.

Listen, I hate change, just like everyone else. But whenever I get that feeling about not liking a change, I consciously think to myself, “C’mon, things change. I say go for it.”

So, I love change. 

Things change. That’s life. The “new” thing is almost always better than the “old” thing. Even though it doesn't seem like it at the time.

For example.

I would never replace my Salomon SX 91 Equips

Never.

Ever.

Best ski boots EVER!

When they stopped making them. I wanted to freak. If there was Twitter back then, I would have launched into a tweet storm of epic proportions. 

Photo credit: http://a16z.com/tag/tweetstorms/

Until.

Salomon came out with the XWave 10.0 (beautiful orange). This boot had the precision control of an overlap, racing-stiff shell that made me a (waaaay) better skier…especially when you wear it one size-and-a-half sizes smaller than your shoe size.
 
Ouch.

Alas.

They don’t make the XWave 10.0 anymore. Big surprise. But I’m not worried. My next boots will be better. And if not. The next ones will. 

I could cite many other examples. So could you.

I don't know if a 10,000 character limit is better or worse than 140. I don't really care. I have other shit to worry about.

(Author rhetorical question) What if, in 2006, you started with the 10,000 limit and considered changing it to 140? Think about that freak out).

Personally, I like 140, as arbitrary as it is. I like the constrain. I’m used to it. But that’s the problem. I’m used to it. 

I am sure I would have liked 512 or 1024 (see what I did just there?). I’m sure I will like 10,000. Eventually.

Twitter, if you ask me, I'd vote against the change to 10,000.

Do I get a vote? Put me on your board, and I’ll give you my opinion, as if you need more of those.

I am used to 140, and I don’t know if I will like the change. 

But I do know this.

I'll adapt. 

Some might not. I say screw 'em. Who needs them? What are they all gonna go? Switch to Google+?

So Twitter, if you are reading and you somehow need my opinion (Yeah, right!)... change it.

Or else...


“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers. 

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