In case you’ve forgotten the days when you and your besties used Twitter like a public group chat to inspire FOMO, Twitter previously limited the number of characters included in a given tweet to 140. Like, the whole premise of the social media platform was telling people to really think about and shorten what they say because any thought over two sentences is probably dumb as fuck. Honestly, it was kind of beautiful. It worked well in the late 2000s (how was that already nearly a decade ago??), when you still had to type “statuses” to let your
thousands of adoring fans friends and family know wtf was up, but now we have Instagram and Snapchat, so does anybody still GAF about Twitter?
The answer to that question is a very loud HELL NO. To start with, the Kardashians pretty much only use it to sell random shit for advertisers. You’re not going to find out whether or not Kylie is pregnant on Twitter, so that’s a fatal flaw. The only people who still seriously use Twitter are He Who Must Not Be Named, that weird girl from high school who uses it to broadcast her mental breakdown instead of Facebook like everybody else, the Russians, and people arguing about whether or not something is racist. Basically, it’s a group of people who should be quietly journaling about their thoughts and feelings instead of posting on the internet.
So why is Twitter giving us more characters to talk about dumb shit? Because Twitter thinks that this will make more people use their social media platform. As the bearer of bad news, let me say that the ship has sailed. But there is still one reason to re-download Twitter—this doubles the amount of space Chrissy Teigen has to bitch at Donald and Ivanka Trump. Chrissy Teigen may be Twitter’s savior, so if this means we get more live-tweeted awards shows and political commentary from Chrissy, Twitter might have made its first good decision in years.