Twitter Doubles Tweet Limit to 280 Characters

Twitter Doubles Tweet Limit to 280 Characters

In further news that Twitter doesn't actually listen to its users, the company announced on Tuesday that it would be doubling its character capacity on tweets from 140 characters to 280 characters for all users.

Twitter expects people to go a bit insane once they get access to 280 characters, which is exactly what happened when the company first started testing the feature in September.

Most languages will now have twice as many characters to say what they want on Twitter.

Twitter is now officially making 280-character tweets available to everyone after testing longer tweets with a subset of its users for the past two months.

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Twitter is about to get more words - a lot more.

In September, the social network gave a selected group of users the ability to write longer tweets, but this feature how now been rolled out to the masses. Although Trump was not part of the 280-character test, the wider rollout could produce longer Twitter rants.

In previous years, reports surfaced that Twitter was exploring increasing the character limit for tweets - reports Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey quashed by calling the 140-character limit "a attractive constraint". Twitter believes that its users that *it was too hard to tweet*.

"Brevity is what shaped Twitter's content style, and while the extra characters may change some aspects", he said, "it will make the service a bit easier to read and engage with".

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The company says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit.

It shouldn't be a surprise that even a company built on language limitations has relaxed them, said Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University.

Not everyone was using the extra space: Only 5 percent of tweets were longer than 140 characters and just 2 percent went over 190.

Increasing the character limit should not affect people's experience on the site, she added. The tests showed that the feared negatives for Twitter didn't come true, and the increased limits lets conversation flow faster - which means Twitter gets more use and can make more money. And, in the end, that's really what matters to Twitter.

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