Twitter increases their character limit from 140 to 280

Twitter announced today that they have begun increasing their character limits from 140 to 280. Twitter founder Jack announced the change with an example of the 280-character limit:

Yes, this does mean you can rant on a few more words and even spell words in full instead. Want to have fewer threads? Now you can!

Twitter explained in a blog post their reasoning behind the change, which is slowly being issued out.

Product manager Aliza Rosen stated, “For example, when I (Aliza) Tweet in English, I quickly run into the 140 character limit and have to edit my Tweet down so it fits. Sometimes, I have to remove a word that conveys an important meaning or emotion, or I don’t send my Tweet at all. But when Iku Tweets in Japanese, he doesn’t have the same problem. He finishes sharing his thought and still has room to spare. This is because in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French. We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).”

They even did graphs to figure it all out:

Apparently, because other characters in other languages take up fewer characters, Twitter just wants to be fair for those who use the English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French language. Sure. Okay.

Check out the differences below in the example they provided:

The new change is trickling out, so you may notice a change in your Twitter input box increased to 280 in the coming months. To be honest, I really don’t see why this is necessary. We live in an age where everything is TL:DR and you want us to read more?

Now, where is that edit button we’ve all been asking for?


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