A new report today is claiming that "Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company's plans."
"Twitter is currently testing a version of the product in which tweets appear the same way they do now, displaying just 140 characters, with some kind of call to action that there is more content you can't see. Clicking on the tweets would then expand them to reveal more content. The point of this is to keep the same look and feel for your timeline, although this design is not necessarily final, sources told Re/code.
Twitter's current 140 character posts have been too restrictive, that's for sure. More than half the time Patently Apple is forced to reinvent our byline for twitter if we decide to add a graphic. So for content creators the 140 character restriction has been a mild hassle. Yet leaping to 10,000 characters is likely to be a nightmare. Competing news sites will no doubt try to overpower users with their content on Twitter and the nature of being able to rifle though your daily tweets could be a real challenge, if not take away the advantage that Twitter had over Facebook.
Hopefully Twitter's executive team will intelligently rethink their plan for 10,000 characters with a more reasonable alternative before launching the new feature by the end of the quarter. The reaction to Twitter's new plan has thus far been relatively negative as you could see for yourself here.