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RIP Twitter?

The microblog is dead, long live the microblog. Twitter is apparently working on a new product that will enable users to bypass its signature 140-character limit, Re/code reports:

It's unclear what the product will look like, but sources say it would enable Twitter users to publish long-form content to the service. Users can already tweet out blocks of text with products like OneShot, but those are simply images, not actual text published on Twitter. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment. [Re/code]

If that sounds terrible, don't panic just yet: There's no promise that the long-form feature will make it to consumers, Re/code says. However, the loosening of the restrictions — which constitute the network's principal appeal to hard-core users, but limit its broader appeal — appears to be part of the company's overall strategy for growth. Earlier this year, Twitter tossed out the 140-character limit for direct messages.