We have come to understand and love those 140 characters with which we may express ourselves. What was once frustration for lack of expressive space is now a simple exercise in effective resource-management.
Many feel that sense of abbreviation to be the beauty of Twitter. That we can only throw out a little information…enough for a joke, a location, a question, and not an emotional dump. For businesses, those 140 characters are communication outreach attempts to the public. They are a way to let people know that you are there, and that you care in the only way people will pay attention to nowadays…concisely.
That is why surprise was the emotion felt by many 3 days ago when Twitter announced that it would now allow “Expanded Tweets”
This Tweet upgrade will allow for a few new features. Users will be able to essentially preview a tweet before clicking and plunging in with both feet. We will be able to see Pictures, Headlines, Videos, and of course a description of the story.
Of course I think of this from a journalistic paradigm, and I am excited by the prospect. This will make for better and more alluring story presentation, and will allow a journalist to more efficiently decide what is worth the time it will take to click through.
Here is an interesting article I found on Mashable that takes on some of the journalistic pros and cons of this new move for the communication giant.
What do you think? Does this stray away from the heart and soul of Twitter too much? Do you like the idea?
Of course it really is all up to the users in the end.