I’ve suspected that my Twitter account had the ability to use 280 characters in a Twitter message for a few days. It wasn’t that I tried it; I was kind of amazed at how I must be trained to do things at the 140 level!
But, Tweetdeck was acting a bit differently. Instead of countdown characters, there just was a wheel showing that something was active. Since I was so involved with the ECOO group, I didn’t take the time to explore. I ended up exploring by accident when doing the #FollowFriday stuff this morning.
Normally, a post would look like this.
With the extra breathing room, it became more like this.
I found that if you continued to add enough names, you do end up getting the countdown to 0 characters feature. The net result though was that the Twitter message now had the room to include a lot more people in it.
Discussion ensued. It was all positive with people liking the ability to add more people to their list as a result of being included in the bigger message.
Then came this…
If that was an option, that would really make the list grow. It doesn’t appear to be a feature but what if you did a “Quote Tweet” and added a name or two before sending? You could get the effect that Paul’s describing, albeit not as elegant.
At our table at the conference, we discussed the whole Follow Friday concept and people enjoyed being tagged. What people don’t see is the number of people who like a particular message or, in the big case, like a whack of them – I’m guessing to get a bigger network. Only the original sender (me) can see that. That brings a smile because that’s the whole purpose of doing this.
So, 280 seems to be a nice way to handle things.
And, to think that the common wisdom was that it was a Canadian request so that we could turn our 140 character English Twitter messages into 280 characters when you go fully bilingual.