Twitter now lets (almost) everyone use 280 characters in tweets


7, 2017

Twitter earlier expanded their tweet character limit from the archaic, SMS inspired 140 characters to a more flexible 280 characters, doubling the character count so u wnt hv to typ lyk dis anymore.

“Historically, 9% of Tweets in English hit the character limit. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a Tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning Tweets before sending. With the expanded character count, this problem was massively reduced – that number dropped to only 1% of Tweets running up against the limit.” Twitter’s Aliza Rose explained,  “Since we saw Tweets hit the character limit less often, we believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer. This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before. ”

If you tweet in English or other Latin languages (especially German), this will be a huge benefit, Twitter isn’t escaping this to Japanese, Korean or Chinese though, as users of those languages have more flexibility within the already existing 140 character framework.

Fixing character count isn’t the only thing the social media company has been up to in the recent past. A clarification of its rules in order to reduce harassment, bots and other abuse of its network has been in the works, and Twitter has also been working on a more robust implementation of its rules in order to make its social network less toxic and more peasant.

This update should be rolling out to all Twitter clients which support it. The Windows 10 Mobile client did not, at the time of writing, allow me to send 280 characters.

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