Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Twitter doubles its character limit to 280

Twitter doubles its character limit to 280

"We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they Tweeted more easily and more often", Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen said on in a blog post on Tuesday.

Before the tests - which were limited to a few users, but easy to participate in thanks to third-party tools - roughly 9 percent of tweets ran right up against the 140-character limit. Japanese, Korean and Chinese-language tweets will keep the original 140.

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Until this week, only a select group of Twitter users were able to tweet past the 140 character count in a trial period.

It now has over 50,000 retweets and 100,000 likes at the time of writing, putting it up there with the most viral tweets of it's kind.

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Note that Twitter is increasing the character limit for most, but not all, languages.

And thankfully for anybody who dislikes the recent changes to Twitter, "tiny-tweets" is just such an extension.

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Whilst one half of Twitter is seemingly celebrating the news, some have complained that they instead wanted an edit button. Twitter revealed that most of the users didn't utilize the added real estate during its 280-characters test. Even before it did so, users found creative ways to get around the limit. However, many of Twitter's 330 million monthly active users were already getting around the limit by linking to longer pieces, taking screenshots of full stories, and sending streams of tweets called tweetstorms to complete thoughts. Only five percent of tweets sent during the test and only two percent exceeded their 190-character limit. "But importantly, people Tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained".

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