Elon Musk wants to elon-gate Tweets.
The owner of Tesla is promising several updates to his Twitter platform next month. Most users aren’t pleased.
The biggest change would be ‘long form’ Twitter, rumored to mean posts lasting 4,000 words. Even 4,000 characters would be too much. Twitter originally allowed just 140 characters. The Tweet was all about clever brevity. Then it was increased to 280 characters.
But four thousand anything is contrary to the whole purpose of the site, critics are warning.
Musk identifies a couple of other improvements. But if he’s really going after long form there had definitely better be an Edit button. For the writers and the readers alike.
Easy swipe right/left to move between recommended vs followed tweets rolls out later this week.
First part of a much larger UI overhaul.
Bookmark button (de facto silent like) on Tweet details rolls out a week later.
Long form tweets early Feb.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 8, 2023