Twitter Trying a Bump of Character Limit From 140 to 280


The new beta version is expected to replace the previous amount of 140-character tweets when it scales through. As noted in the Twitter blog post, with the exception of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, folks have to deal with cramming more letters into their tweets when tweeting in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Rosen added that the company wanted to try out the change with a small group, before it made a decision to launch the feature site wide.

As per Twitter's findings only 9% of all tweets done in English hit the 140 character limit while 0.4% of Japanese tweets hit the same limit. The average Japanese character tweet is 15 characters, but English writers use 34. "This is a small change, but a big move for us", he wrote.

Twitter is known for its 140 character limit - yet some users find it challenging to cram all their thoughts into a Tweet.

The new limit includes every language except Japanese, Chinese and Korean because they usually require less characters to express more information.

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The 140-character limit was originally established to reflect the length of SMS messages, which was how tweets were sent prior to the invention of mobile messaging apps.

The popular social network plans to double the number of characters it allows per tweet.

However, Twitter published examples of what a timeline with longer tweets would look like, with side-by-side comparisons appearing to show little extra space required for the 280-character tweets. But it said the new limit, while double the size, is "still brief".

A 140 character tweet (left) and 280 character tweet (right). In a blog post on Tuesday, Twitter said its emphasis on brevity would never change but that it had been wondering whether people could express themselves easily enough, hurting the service's popularity.