There have been a lot of rumors about Ubermedia coming out with a Twitter competitor, and among the improvements over Twitter this product is rumored to have is the lifting of the 140 character limit. But is this an improvement?
When we were adding final TweetRoost features, one of my colleagues came up with a seamless and ingenious way to allow people to create Tweets, Retweets, Messages, Replies which could have more than 140 characters. If someone wanted more than 140 characters, they would love this. But before putting it into the product, we said ‘will anyone want it?’ So we asked.
We asked ourselves, we’re Twitter enthusiasts after all. We asked our Public Relations firm, Springboard, they are expert Twitter users. We asked our Alpha Test users, and we asked friends. What did we find?
No one wanted it. In fact, most viewed it as detrimental! It was not scientific, and we don’t know yet if this will percolate to the top of our Feedback list. But we heard over and over: 140 characters forces me to state myself clearly in less words, so it helps me organize my thoughts on a topic very carefully.
What do you think?