Twitter officially announces 280 character limit for everyone

By : |November 9, 2017 0

The iconic 140-character limit of Twitter is a thing of past. The company announced that now everyone in the world who has access to Twitter is having a 280-character tweet limit on their Twitter account. The 280-character tweet will now be standard in every language except for Chinese, Japanese and Korean where the 140-character limit will apply.

Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen wrote in a blog post, “We are making this change after listening and observing a problem our global community was having (it wasn’t easy enough to Tweet!), studying data to understand how we could improve, trying it out, and listening to your feedback.”

Twitter said that since announcing the 280 character limit only 5 percent of tweets sent during the test period exceeded 140-characters, the company said, and just 2 percent exceeded 190-characters. “Your timeline reading experience should not substantially change,” Twitter said. “You’ll still see about the same amount of tweets in your timeline.”

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The decision to double the character limit was met with mixed response from the users as they felt that the brevity of the 140 character limit is the hallmark of the platform.

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