Twitter Doubles Tweet Limit to 280 Characters for (Nearly) Everyone

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Ending its iconic 140 character limit, Twitter, the second most popular social media networking site announced in a blog post on Tuesday that it is expanding the limit to 280 characters. The tweet limit was set to 140 characters initially so that the tweets could easily fit into a single text message. It started about eleven years ago when people used the text message to receive tweets.


Let us look at the highlights:


  • The social media networking site started testing expanded tweet limit for every language in early September.
  • Though the limit is stretched for most of the people, users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. It is because writing in those language uses fewer characters than other languages.
  • The company stated that about 9% of the tweets written in the English language hit the 140 character limit and people end up spending a lot of time editing the tweets and sometimes, it so happens that they trash the tweet because of the character limit.
  • This move, as stated by the company, will enable their users to express themselves more efficiently.
  • This is the first time the company considered expanding the character limit since its inception in the year 2006.
  • The testing that has been carried out showed that most people are still comfortable with 140 character limit as they’ve found creative ways to get around the limit.
  • However, the product manager, Aliza Rosen said “Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter,”
  • Rosen said. “We’re excited to share we’ve achieved this goal and are rolling the change out to all languages where cramming was an issue.”


This update has already given a rise in the user base of the social media network. Have you tried tweeting with the extending limit yet?


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