So long, 140. Hello, 280: Twitter doubles character count on tweets


In further news that Twitter doesn't actually listen to its users, the company announced on Tuesday that it would be doubling its character capacity on tweets from 140 characters to 280 characters for all users. now supports 280 characters and now a circle progress indicator shows how many characters remain, but it will turn into a number when 20 characters remain. It became a hallmark of the service - an encouragement to craft short, sweet messages and contribute to the free-flow of conversation that became Twitter's main identifying feature.

Having only been rolled out to a privileged few when the initial experiment was launched in September, Twitter has now made a decision to let (nearly) all users avail of an extended 280 character limit in tweets, double the original character limit. Now every Twitter user - from first-day users to President Donald Trump - will have twice the room to share their thoughts.

Say goodbye to 140 characters and the countdown that used to appear next to your working tweets, it's all about 280 characters and a slowly filling circle now. That's all well and good, but what's the damn point of expanding the character limit if only 5% of tweets are taking advantage of it?

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The change will affect all users apart from those using Japanese, Chinese or Korean versions of the app; this is because they are less likely to need the extra space due to the formation of these alphabets. The result is that users spend too much time trying to edit their tweets down, or abandon them altogether. "More space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send tweets faster than before".

The change is part of Twitter's plan to attract new users and increase growth. "But that didn't happen. for reference, in the timeline, Tweets with an image or poll usually take up more space than a 190 character Tweet".

"People did silly and creative things like writing just a few characters per line to make their Tweets extra large".