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It’s been a long week on Twitter.com
On Thursday night, Twitter rolled out a new feature: longer usernames. The move came shortly after the company decided to let everyone tweet in 280 characters. Twitter’s plan seems to be ‘let’s just make everything bigger so everyone will forget how terrible this website is sometimes.’
Starting today, your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length! Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis. https://t.co/QBxx9Hnn1j— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 10, 2017
Literally, no one asked for this feature.
I mean it's a tired joke at this point but ...— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) November 10, 2017
Users: Please ban Nazis.
Twitter: What if you could ... make your user name extra long?!
What’s next? Longer avatars?
following the warm reception of Long Tweets and Long Names it is my great pleasure to announce Long Avatars pic.twitter.com/o57vf9rsV4— Curly~➡️⬇️↘️☭ (@Curl_E_Brace) November 10, 2017
Twitter users are now creating obnoxiously long usernames in an effort to troll the company (Note: some of these may change since Twitter users are constantly trolling everyone and everything).
You can use the feature to promote your website.
hi look how stupid the new long twitter names are— Steve "visit gonehome.game & tacoma.game" Gaynor (@fullbright) November 10, 2017
Or to fully describe bears.
This long username thing is silly— Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae (@justunbearable) November 10, 2017
Or to tell Twitter that it has become MSN Messenger.
And with this ⬆️ update, we can change usernames to drama each other like this is 2002 and we're on MSN Messenger.— Elainovision wonders how much this was even tested (@scattermoon) November 10, 2017
Or to simply emphasize your account name.
US: oh god Twitter is getting exhausting and overwhelming— Internet of Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit (@internetofshit) November 10, 2017
TWITTER: how about 240 characters
US: no i said this place is burning m...
TWITTER: what about SUPER long names??????
The sky is the limit! Well, actually it’s 50 characters. But it’s still too much space for a name.
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.