Twitter says it’s ending its iconic 140-character limitation — and giving almost everyone 280 characters.
Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the first limitation. That is because writing in these languages uses fewer characters.
The business says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit. Folks wind up spending more time editing tweets or do not send them out in any way. Twitter hopes that the enlarged limit will get more people tweeting more, helping its lacklustre consumer development. Twitter has been testing the new limit for months and is starting to roll out it Tuesday.
The business has been gradually easing restrictions to allow people cram more characters into a tweet. It ceased counting polls, photographs, videos and other things toward the limitation. Before it did so, users discovered creative ways to avoid the limit. Including multi-part tweets and screenshots of blocks of text.
Twitter’s character limitation was made so that tweets could fit into one text message, back when many people were using texts to get tweets. But now, most men and women use Twitter via its mobile program; the 140-character limitation is no longer a technical limitation but nostalgia.