Everyone is getting 280 characters on Twitter

Alan Olson
November 8, 2017

This is because in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French. Rozen said users with the longer character count earned more likes, retweets, and mentions, along with more followers.

The new change will be rolling out globally and all users should soon have 280 characters available to them to use for whatever the like. "But importantly, people Tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained", a Twitter blog post explains.

However, Twitter users - or, at least, a lot of them - did not sound off with the same level of enthusiasm when the news broke.

"We believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer", said Rozen.

In September, the social network gave a selected group of users the ability to write longer tweets, but this feature how now been rolled out to the masses.

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Rosen pointed out that people who might be concerned their Twitter streams timeline would look drastically different needn't worry. Now that just about everyone's got 280 characters to work with, more people say they're frustrated or confused by the decision.

We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters - we felt it, too. But if they needed those extra few characters, they "Tweeted more easily and more often", according to Twitter, which can apparently read users minds and determine when they are at ease. "This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before", said the post.

"It's worth emphasising again that people in the test got very excited about the extra space in the beginning and many Tweets went way beyond 140". It was a temporary effect and didn't last long.

During the 280-character test, some users argued Twitter should focus less on the length of the tweets and more on the content.

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