Twitter Increases Character Limits To 280


To the consternation of many, Twitter announced on November 8 that all its users would henceforth be able to tweet with 280 characters.

While we imagine that many will use their new characters for evil rather than good, some accounts absolutely nailed their first 280 Characters tweet.

During the test, Twitter found that users who tweeted more received more likes, retweets and mentions.

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. Now, the 280 character feature has been rolled out for the entirety of the platform.

Munich police, meanwhile, said that "at last" they won't need abbreviations to tweet about accidents involving forklift drivers, or Niederflurfoerderfahrzeugfuehrer. Now, Twitter users might find that process half as painful. In most cases, it doesn't seem like most people are actually increasing the length of their tweets; we have apparently been trained well.

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For these reasons, says Rosen, the character count for tweeting in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese won't be doubled.

Twitter's character limit was created so that tweets could fit into a single text message, back when many people were using texts to receive tweets.

Even though the company has expanded its character limit, the timeline reading experience won't change substantially as users would be able to view the same amount of tweets in their timelines.

Only 2% of tweets from test users were over 190 characters.

Users had also anxious that longer tweets would exacerbate Twitter's ongoing problem with harassment - more characters might mean more scope for abuse.