In a desperate attempt to keep its users interested on their platform, Twitter officials decided that the links and photos will no longer take up characters, leaving individuals with little room left to comment on the information they share. It seems that this was a problem constantly reported by users.
According to Jack Dorsey, the social media platform users were not happy with the fact that the 140-character limit included the links or photos that people shared. Apparently, an average link or picture took up approximately 20 to 25 characters, leaving individuals with little space to comment on the information they decided to share.
“We think there’s a lot of opportunity in our product to fix some broken windows that we know are inhibiting growth,” declared Twitter’s CEO back in February.
Now, the users will be able to share whatever they want and still have 140 characters available to express their opinion on whatever they imparted with their followers.
While it doesn’t seem a significant change at the first glance, this change may be a clue on just how desperate the social network is to please the users and keep them from migrating to other platforms.
In the last year, there has been a 70 percent drop in the company’s shares and Dorsey seems to be open to any changes that could bring new users to the platform and keep it from collapsing.
The fact that Twitter links and photos will no longer take up characters doesn’t seem like a big change, but it actually is.
The social network was founded on one principle; you have 140 characters available to say what’s on your mind. That’s the foundation of Twitter, the basic rule of the tweet.
Now, years after people complained about the fact that they want to be able to share photos and links and still have 140 characters available to comment on the shared content, Twitter finally reacted. The company decided to alter its core rule in order to accommodate a small portion of users.
Why would the company alter its entire platform because of a few voices that are making a bit of noise? Because they’ve reached an all-time low and are trying to attract the attention of new and old users in any way they can.
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