Twitter Increases Character Count to 280 characters

Twitter Increases Character Count to 280 characters

Twitter Increases Character Count to 280 characters

Twitter's founders, including Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, wanted a limit just below the SMS cap of 160 characters.

The 280-character limit is now only available "to a small group", with no mention in the announcement of when it plans to roll it out to the remaining Twitter users.

Explaining the insights of their product research even more in the blog, the company pointed that almost every language that Twitter supports uses about 140 characters in most of its tweets.

In a longer blog post, Twitter said it was experimenting with the move "in languages impacted by cramming", which is almost all of them, save for Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Those who tap out tweets in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are out of luck, as those languages will be excluded. "It's what makes it such a great way to see what's happening".

"Trying to cram your thoughts into a tweet - we've all been there, and it's a pain", product manager Aliza Rosen and software engineer Ikuhiro Ihara said in a blog post. "That is something we will never change", Rosen said. But, Dorsey denied those reports, saying "the 140-character limit is a attractive constraint and that Twitter will never lose that feeling". Whereas, in English, a much higher percentage of Tweets have 140 characters (9%).

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It also highlighted how the same tweet could consume characters in the Japanese language as compared to English and Spanish.

It looks like 140 character tweets might become a thing of the past.

Selina Wang at Bloomberg Technology noted that a lot of Twitter users consider the 140 character limit to be the "defining characteristic of the platform", adding that there's been a notable amount of backlash regarding the change.

Twitter said that it will trial an evenly representative but small segment of users before (and if) it decides to offer 280 characters to everyone. Although this is only available to a small group right now, we want to be transparent about why we are excited to try this.

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