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Twitter's 280 character limit has finally rolled out to the public

08 November 2017 3

Twitter has finally expanded the characters count to 280 to the public, which means you can now share some longer tweets better than before. The company had first tested this new character limit with a few users only back in September. And, now, while announcing this new expansion, the company has also put the results of its study that was conducted when this new capability was in testing phase.

The expansion of a number of characters has impacted the users differently. While some like this change, some are totally against it, saying this change wasn’t needed at all, however, 150 or 160 characters would have worked better.

Twitter in its announcement has said that this 280 characters limit will only roll out for those languages that are affected by “cramming.” This includes everything excluding Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Twitter says,

In fact, these languages have always been able to say more with their Tweets because of the density of their writing systems.

Twitter does mention while announcing this new change that its goal was to make the new characters limit possible while retaining the "brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter."

The company has also shared a graph that shows the number of characters hit and how many of tweets were made.


When the characters limit was 140, numbers of tweets were many. However, after the change in the number of characters there is a lesser number of tweets as people were able to express themselves in a single tweet and thus only 1% of Tweets hit the limit contrary to 9% of the tweets that hit the limit when 140 characters limit was available.

Well, the characters limit change won’t going to fill up your timelines as many people still don’t like this new change. As, when this new capability was in testing phase, Twitter recorded that only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than the 140 characters and only 2% were over 190 characters. While doing the study, Twitter also noticed that in the beginning, many people were excited and thus many Tweets went way beyond 140, however, that was a temporary effect and didn’t last long.

Users are tweeting about this new change using the #280characters hashtag. So, watch out this space and know everyone's opinion.

Here is a look at such longer' tweets for you.


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