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You can now say more with Twitter's new 280 characters

By Daniel Ominde on Wed, 08/11/2017 - 12:31


Ever had a moment where you had to rewrite a whole tweet just because the most creative thing you had thought of could not fit into 140 characters? That is now a thing of the past as the micro-blogging site today announced that it has increased its character limits to 280.

The change comes following a successful test conducted in September where Twitter allowed selected users to get limits longer than the usual 140 characters.

"Looking at all the data, we’re excited to share we’ve achieved this goal and are rolling the change out to all languages where cramming was an issue," said Twitter on their blog. 

Twitter is however assuring you that the change will not result in a flooded timeline with long post. Actually their research showed that most people just wanted a few extra characters.

"Only five per cent of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only two per cent 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," the blog post continued to explain. 

Those who use the Japanese, Korean and Chinese versions of Twitter will however continue using 140 characters.

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