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Everyone is getting 280 characters on Twitter

Everyone is getting 280 characters on Twitter”

After several weeks of Twitter users tweeting about how much they hate the idea of expanded character limits, Twitter has officially announced that it's doubling the previous 140-character limit for all users. But now, most people use Twitter through its mobile app; the 140-character limit is no longer a technical constraint but nostalgia. Regardless, that's precisely what two German Twitter users did recently. But if they needed those extra few characters, they "Tweeted more easily and more often", according to Twitter, which can apparently read users minds and determine when they are at ease. The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has been and has become part of the product's personality.

Interestingly, Twitter said that after the novelty of tweeting more characters wore off, most people in the test stopped tweeting the full length. This means people probably spent time editing down their tweets or not sending them out at all.

Everyone, that is, except those tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. There has been a wave of criticism of the move to 280 characters, with some tweeters claiming they will leave the site.

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"In our testing, we have seen strong engagement levels with Tweets that are above 140 characters but ultimately, the best Tweets will come down to quality of language and content, whether the Tweet is 80, 180 or 280 characters", said Leanne Gibson, acting managing director at Twitter Canada. "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".

Users will see the change roll out over the next few days, Twitter said. "But that didn't happen. for reference, in the timeline, Tweets with an image or poll usually take up more space than a 190 character Tweet". So in other words, although more characters were available, people still kept tweets in English short and sweet. "But importantly, people Tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained", a Twitter blog post explains.



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