Twitter officially doubles the character limit to 280 for all users

Lena Tucker
November 8, 2017

Rozen said during the testing period, only 5% of tweets topped the 140-character limit, and only 2% went beyond 190 characters. Currently, the 280-character tweet facility is available to a small group of its 328 million users but the changes would soon be available for all users. The move is the struggling social network's latest attempt at encouraging people to post more by removing arbitrary text limits (the 140 came from SMS character limitations no longer relevant in the smartphone age). Twitter says that's because writing in those languages uses fewer characters.

"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".

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

Twitter on Tuesday announced it would officially allow the majority of users to tweet updates up to 280 characters long moving forward - double the previous amount.

Twitter plans to increase the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users.

"Looking at all the data, we're excited to share we've achieved this goal and are rolling the change out to all languages where cramming was an issue".

The other change was that instead of the characters counting down as users type out their tweets, they now see a circle that turns blue when they start typing. Now the firm plans to roll it out to many more of its 330 million users - which include such high-profile tweeters as U.S. president Donald Trump.

'Additionally, many people tweet in multiple languages, sometimes within a single tweet'.

The company didn't disclose how many users have been testing the longer tweets.

"For reference, in the timeline, Tweets with an image or poll usually take up more space than a 190 character Tweet", Rozen added.

The company says: "Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter".

The firm also said that people who partook in the trial said they felt more satisfied with how they expressed themselves on Twitter, and the ability to sift through content.

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