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It's official: Twitter brings character limit up to 280

By Ian Chee & Ng Chong Seng - on 9 Nov 2017, 10:36am

It's official: Twitter brings character limit up to 280

After a short test with select users since September, Twitter has begun to double the length of tweets from 140 characters to 280 for “all languages where cramming was an issue”.


We are making this change after listening and observing a problem our global community was having (it wasn’t easy enough to Tweet!), studying data to understand how we could improve, trying it out, and listening to your feedback. We’ll continue listening and working to make Twitter easier for everyone while making sure we keep what you love.

Would this change make Twitter lose its appeal, since many consider brevity as the soul of Twitter? Apparently Twitter doesn't think so.

Also Twitter:

We – and many of you – were concerned that timelines may fill up with 280 character Tweets, and people with the new limit would always use up the whole space. But that didn’t happen. Only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only 2% were over 190 characters. As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you’ll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline. For reference, in the timeline, Tweets with an image or poll usually take up more space than a 190 character Tweet.

Now you know.

Source: Twitter.