Twitter testing increased character limit

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Twitter acknowledged the "emotional attachment" some users might have toward the 140 characters. A rumor went around early a year ago that they were testing a "see more" type feature that would have a 10,000 character limit.

Twitter is experimenting with doubling the length of a tweet from 140 characters to 280 characters.

Since returning as chief executive in 2016, Jack Dorsey has made several major changes to Twitter, placing a renewed focus on live events and streaming.

Twitter has 328 million users around the world, according to the Los Angeles Times, but perhaps none has used the platform more famously than President Donald Trump. Instead, it resorted to alternative methods for packing more ideas into one post, like creating a link shortener, adding tweet quotes, and removing photos from the calculation. Since its founding, strict word economy has been Twitter's most distinctive feature and, for some, its most frustrating. Defenders say that enforced brevity is what makes the service so useful.

Users have complained about the iconic 140-character limit for years, and Twitter has considered expanding it multiple times. But some users never felt the need.

'But when Iku Tweets in Japanese, he doesn't have the same problem. It includes all languages except Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

Just 0.4% of tweets sent in Japanese have 140 characters, which is a "considerable difference to a 9% of English tweets having 140 characters", the company said. Still, for the vast majority of the users who aren't bad, this will only be a good thing. In languages where people have more room to express themselves, more people tweet.

The decision was motivated by research carried out by the social network that showed you can convey double the amount of information per character in languages like Japanese, Korean and Chinese than you can in languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese or French. We've already seen Facebook hit publishers with decreased reach, as well as increased investment toward video content, and Instagram is heavily rumored to be trying out a new 4×4 grid to replace their classic 3×3 tile look.

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