Is Twitter Readying To Break From 140 Characters?
The recent news that 2008 web start-up Posterous, the simple blogging service, has been acquired by Twitter is welcome, and perhaps another indication that Twitter has it’s sights set on breaking out of its its self-imposed 140 character chains.
Twitter and Posterous do have quite a few things in common not least of which is the vision of making sharing simpler. Although, there are plenty of questions as to the future of Posterous Spaces in its current form, for example whether it is likely to be integrated into Twitter or operated side by side, or perhaps it is in the mobile space where Twitter aims to leverage Posterous.
There is a suitably vague FAQ on the Posterous website but at least there is some comfort that existing “Spaces” will remain for now and an indication that users will be able to back up their content for moving to another service – should the need arise.
The question as to whether Twitter is planning to remove its 140 character limit often gets raised and opinion is generally mixed but if Twitter are aiming to play alongside Facebook and Google+ then the problem of the 140 characters is eventually going to need to be addressed. It may take a couple more acquisitions but soon the picture will become clear.