Twitter doubles character limit

Published on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 20:07
Written by the Assocaited Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter says it’s ending its iconic 140-character limit - and giving nearly everyone 280 characters.

Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. That’s because writing in those languages uses fewer characters.

The company says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit. People end up spending more time editing tweets or don’t send them out at all. Twitter hopes that the expanded limit will get more people tweeting more, helping its lackluster user growth. Twitter has been testing the new limit for weeks and is starting to roll it out Tuesday.

The company has been slowly easing restrictions to let people cram more characters into a tweet. It stopped counting polls, photos, videos and other things toward the limit. Even before it did so, users found creative ways to get around the limit. This includes multi-part tweets and screenshots of blocks of text.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 20:07. Updated: Tuesday, 7 November 2017 20:10.