Twitter Tests 280-Character Tweet Length

Alleviate the need to cram thoughts into Tweet

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This week Twitter announced testing an increased character limit of 140 to 280.

The experiment will be introduced to a small group on Twitter in every language with the exception of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Their studies revealed those languages are able to convey double the amount of information in one character as you can in languages, such as English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, tweeted, “This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!”

The addition of characters will allow people around the world to express themselves even further, while still embracing the brevity of the social media site. The increased limit hopes to alleviate the need to cram your thoughts into a Tweet, says Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen.

The final decision of extending the character length will be based on the final data they are collecting.

Would a 280-character length make a difference in your tweeting habits, assuming that you’re highly active on the platform? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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