Twitter Is Expanding Tweets To 280 Characters

Twitter is turning on longer 280-character tweets for everyone

Twitter is turning on longer 280-character tweets for everyone

Two months' later, Twitter has decided that everyone can use 280 characters in tweets, but in response to inevitable criticism about longer tweets relieving Twitter of the brevity it once prided itself on, the company reckons that the changes to users' timelines won't be that significant.

The users in question - Timrasett and HackneyYT - reportedly worked together to find an exploit that allowed them to send out 35,000 characters of nonsensical letters and numbers, effectively shattering Twitter's existing character limits.

Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen said they wanted to make sure "every person around the world could express themselves easily in a Tweet.while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter". The company suggests the issue seemed more concerning to users because "people in the test got very excited about the extra space in the beginning and many Tweets went way beyond 140".

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The decision did not seem to please the Twitter base, concerned that longer tweets would clog up timelines.

For now, tweets in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese will retain the original 140 character limit.

"We believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer", said Rozen. But now, most people use Twitter through its mobile app; the 140-character limit is no longer a technical constraint but nostalgia.

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Twitter has been slowly easing restrictions to let people cram more characters into a tweet. It also saw people with the longer character limits have more likes, retweets and mentions, get more followers and spend more time on the platform.

Twitter says historically 9% of tweets in English hit the character limit, but after expanding to 280 for beta testers, the number dropped to 1%.

When the change was announced, many criticised it, pointing out changes they would rather see, such as a crackdown on hate crime and bots, and the introduction of a chronological timeline and edit function. "We'll definitely see some of this novelty effect spike again with this week's launch and expect it to resume to normal behavior soon after".

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