Twitter doubles character limit to 280

Twitter is doubling[1] its 140-character limit for most users, which it said makes it easier for people to express themselves. Tests showed that people appreciated, but did not abuse, the higher character limit. “We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they Tweeted more easily and more often,” said Twitter.

“But importantly, people Tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained.” Only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters, and only 2% were over 190 characters. “As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you’ll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline.”

Twitter is now rolling out the higher character limit to all languages where cramming was an issue.

Now read: Twitter shows signs of life[2]


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