Twitter 280 Characters, Number Replaced With Circle For Limit

2 Germans post tweet of 35000 characters

San Francisco-based Twitter said the new system, a major shift for the messaging platform known for its 140-character tweets, aims to address "a major cause of frustration" for many users. This means people probably spent time editing down their tweets or not sending them out at all. This is because in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

The company announced it was testing the new limit back in September "in languages impacted by cramming", which is almost all of them, save for Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

While I was originally very unhappy with the 140 character limit on Twitter-I tend to overwrite, if anything-I quickly adapted. SMS has largely become obsolete to Twitter users as smartphone technology has advanced.

Now the San Francisco tech firm is officially doubling the character limit of its tweets to 280 characters.

At present, the character-limitation encourages "threads", where multiple tweets are linked to form the equivalent of a blog post. More importantly, the company argues, loosening the constraint will allow more users "to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before".

Twitter users now have the luxury of using 280 characters instead of the longstanding 140 limit.




After testing longer tweets with some people since late September, Twitter is giving the feature to everyone.

'Additionally, many people tweet in multiple languages, sometimes within a single tweet'.

'People did silly (creative!) things like writing just a few characters per line to make their tweets extra large.

The firm also said that people who partook in the trial said they felt more satisfied with how they expressed themselves on Twitter, and the ability to sift through content. "We'll definitely see some of this novelty effect spike again with this week's launch and expect it to resume to normal behaviour soon after".

Only two per cent of tweets had more than 190 characters. "We'll continue listening and work to make Twitter easier for everyone, while making sure we keep what you love", Rosen concluded.

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