Twitter Finally Rolled out 280 Character Limit to all Users Globally

Twitter has finally lifted the 140 character limit on its platform to 280. Twitter has been testing this feature with some group of Twitter users with large followers (including celebrities) for about 2 months. And now, the company is satisfied with the interesting data that was collected.

After weeks of testing, the company has officially rolled out the feature to all Twitter users globally. According to the data that was collected, only 5% of tweets sent were longer than 140 characters while only 2% were over 190. Mind you, this data was collected before the limit was changed for the vast majority of Twitter users.

We’d be interested to learn if we’ll see long tweets all the time, or if people will just keep it short and sweet as they’ve been doing since Twitter launched.

The new 280 characters is not available for Japanese, Korean, and Chinese users because these languages has lesser characters in their languages. They'll continue to have a 140 character limit because it takes fewer characters in those languages to say something that would take many more characters to express in other languages.

Reason why Twitter increased the character limit to 280 is because there are many users who wants to express themselves in many words but couldn't, due to the 140 chars limit. Now, Twitter has officially increased the character limit to 280 to bring more users who want a bigger space to express themselves more easily.

Anyway, those whose limits have been lifted will see a new circular character limit indicator, which replaces the digital counter. You can go ahead to update your Twitter app and/or login via their website.

Source: Twitter Blog post.

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