Twitter Goes Through With It: You're All Getting 280 Damn Characters

Leigh Mccormick
November 8, 2017

The change will affect all users apart from those using Japanese, Chinese or Korean versions of the app; this is because they are less likely to need the extra space due to the formation of these alphabets.

But those who did use the longer tweets, got more followers, more engagement and spent more time on the site, it added. Twitter hopes that the expanded limit will get more people tweeting more, helping its lackluster user growth. There has been a wave of criticism of the move to 280 characters, with some tweeters claiming they will leave the site. During its trial run the company said that "only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters, and only 2% were over 190 characters", which would suggest that people want more room to tweet but not that much more.

'Many people live in foreign countries or travel regularly, ' explained Twitter product designer Josh Wilburne in a blog post.

Twitter users also expressed concerns the higher count goes against the spirit of the service and its 140-character concept. Earlier this year, the firm announced it would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140-character limit.

"As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you'll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline".

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Twitter previously prided itself on its limit, which forced people to edit their views and opinions and think hard about getting it all in.

'People did silly (creative!) things like writing just a few characters per line to make their tweets extra large. The change was made to give people more space to express themselves in certain languages where the company felt the 140 restriction was limiting.

Only two per cent of tweets had more than 190 characters. We expect to see some of this novelty effect spike again with this week's launch and expect it to resume to normal behavior soon after. We'll continue listening and working to make Twitter easier for everyone while making sure we keep what you love.

Numerous concerns about 280 characters from Twitter users revolved around bloated timelines and a decline in the UX.

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