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Twitter officially expands to 280-character limit in most languages

Twitter officially expands to 280-character limit in most languages

"It's What's Happening" will now be happening at twice the character-count, as the social media platform Twitter finally increased the length of tweets from the original 140-characters to a doubled 280.

What do you think of Twitter's rollout of the 280 character limit for all?

However, Twitter users - or, at least, a lot of them - did not sound off with the same level of enthusiasm when the news broke.

Naturally, Twitter was quick to remove the tweet (though an archived version remains for the curious), fix the bug and temporarily ban both users. Twitter hopes that the expanded limit will get more people tweeting more, helping its lackluster user growth.

However Japanese, Korean, and Chinese users will continue to have 140 characters "because cramming is not an issue in these languages". There has been a wave of criticism of the move to 280 characters, with some tweeters claiming they will leave the site. This means people probably spent time editing down their tweets or not sending them out at all.

"People in the experiment told us that a higher character limit made them feel more satisfied with how they expressed themselves on Twitter, their ability to find good content, and Twitter overall", wrote Aliza Rosen, Twitter's product manager.

But, Twitter said, while obnoxiously long messages weren't flooding users' timelines, the more verbose tweets did let people fire off messages faster and, the company believes, with less agonizing over each message. In its current form, Twitter has proved cumbersome for new users, yet each time the company tries to change an important feature, heavy users complain.

The other change was that instead of the characters counting down as users type out their tweets, they now see a circle that turns blue when they start typing. Only five percent of users went above 140 characters during the test, and only 2 percent ever went north of 190 characters. "We'll definitely see some of this novelty effect spike again with this week's launch and expect it to resume to normal behavior soon after".

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