Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Musk Promises to Elongate Tweets with Rumored 4,000 Word Posts Coming Next Month — But No Edit Button

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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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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