Twitter limit doubles from 140 to 280 characters

Twitter limit doubles from 140 to 280 characters

Posted by Vivek Nama on November 8th 2017

Twitter Inc. is ending its 140-character limit and giving nearly everyone 280 characters to tweet!  The company says 9 % of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit. People end up spending more time editing tweets or don’t send them out at all. Twitter hopes that the expanded limit will get more people tweeting more, helping its lacklustre user growth. 

The company has been slowly easing restrictions to let people cram more characters into a tweet. It stopped counting polls, photos, videos and other things toward the limit. Even before it did so, users found creative ways to get around the limit. This includes multi-part tweets and screenshots of blocks of text. Twitter’s character limit was created so that tweets could fit into a single text message, back when many people were using texts to receive tweets. But now, most people use Twitter through its mobile app; the 140-character limit is no longer a technical constraint but nostalgia. The 140-character limit is a relic of a previous technological era. That was the maximum that could fit in mobile text messages when the service started in 2006, before the mass adoption of smartphones.
Now with more advanced devices, there’s no technical limit on the size of tweets. Some Twitterati think brevity is the soul of the service and worry the longer form will ruin what’s special about it. Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. That’s because writing in those languages uses fewer characters.
This new change had set the Twitterati trolling  Twitter about the new change with many people saying that they are either  frustrated or confused by the decision. Others are using new characters to make jokes.  


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