Tweet your mind and heart out. We’ll never have to try to fit our thoughts in just 140 characters anymore!
Social media site Twitter has doubled its tweet character limit in an effort to let its users express themselves easily, rolling out its expansion on Wednesday, November 8, after trying it out with select users back in September.
We're expanding the character limit! We want it to be easier and faster for everyone to express themselves.
More characters. More expression. More of what's happening.https://t.co/wBpYdy1K40
— Twitter (@Twitter) November 7, 2017
“We’re expanding the character limit! We want it to be easier and faster for everyone to express themselves. More characters. More expression. More of what’s happening,” the Twitter announcement said.
Known for its brevity and real-time nature, the messaging platform’s shift addresses the limited character count which is a “major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English.” This has prompted users to delete parts of their original thought or worse, completely abandon the tweet once they reach the limit.
But with 280-character entries now allowed, all Twitter users can “feel more satisfied with how they express themselves, their ability to find good content and Twitter overall.”
Almost everyone, at least. Japanese, Korean and Chinese language users will continue to have 140 characters because cramming is not an issue for them. This is because the said languages allow people to convey about double the amount information in one character as anyone can in many other languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.
With twice the space now available, netizens immediately sent out their 280-character tweets, putting the #280characters at the top of the local trends list. While some entries included messages that made sense, the others played around Twitter’s big change.
The “silly” or “creative” tweets have been cited as an issue by some avid Twitter users as it will essentially mess up the feed.
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— IgiBoy (@theluigibernabe) November 8, 2017
But Twitter’s product manager Aliza Rosen assured users that the silly tweets would only be temporary, according to their tests. “It’s worth emphasizing again that people in the test got very excited about the extra space in the beginning and many Tweets went way beyond 140. We expect to see some of this novelty effect spike again with this week’s launch and expect it to resume to normal behavior soon,” she explained in a Twitter blog.
Twitter has attempted changing its tweet length in late 2015. The company reportedly came close to considering 10,000-character tweets, but obviously, that idea fell through.
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