Big news in the social media world this week was that Twitter are building a feature which will allow users to break out of the traditional 140 character limit in the near future (sources say by the end of the first quarter of this year) in order to express themselves more fully. A final number has apparently not been decided on but in a phrase which might terrify seasoned social media bods “up to 10 000” has been bandied about. This is not to say that all tweets would be this long, but that the potential is there to put out a post with 140 visible characters then some sort of call to action which would reveal the extra content. This would keep the look and feel of the timeline similar to how it is now but offer vastly expanded content potential. This seems to strike at the heart of what Twitter is – taking away the limitation which has proved such a strength and is a core design feature – so as more details emerge we’ll have to see how this is handled. There are huge implications for spamming, user engagement profiles, time spent on the site and many more aspects but the main one that will spring to mind is the removal of a limit is bitter-sweet. No longer will you have to tune tweets to the utmost to get that last bit of information or hashtag in there, no longer will you have to search of an acceptable bit of text-speak to convey an opinion to many users but also no longer will there be such a drive for haiku-like brevity in what has often been the most elegant platform for succinct communication. No matter what happens, it seems that Twitter will never be the same again…