Twitter doubles its character limit to 280, globally


The Editor,

November 8th, 2017

Social media site and microblogging website Twitter has doubled its character limit to 280 globally.

A tweet prior to the changes had a range of 140-characters. The limit made Twitter post renowned for its brevity and clarity while others complained of the lack to express their tweets via the 14-0-character limit.

The company ran a test of the 280 characters back in September on select users and termed it a success.

Twitter said that the goal is to make every person around the world express themselves easily in a tweet.

“Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter. Looking at all the data, we’re excited to share we’ve achieved this goal and are rolling the change out to all languages where cramming was an issue,” said the firm in a statement.

Twitter added that during the test it discovered that many people needed to use more than 140 characters to express themselves easily. The move makes it easier for those users to appreciate a few extra characters to communicate or pass their message.

Nonetheless, if a user is concerned that with more characters their timelines will be flooded with the messages, Twitter says that is unlikely to happen.

Twitter, however, says that since cramming is not an issue in languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Korean, the users will continue to have the 140-character limit.


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