Twitter Scraps 140 Character Limit Today

Twitter Scraps 140 Character Limit Today
Twitter users around the world can start sending Tweets of up to 280 characters .

(CCM) — Twitter has announced that it is officially abandoning the 140 character limit, but expects that most people will continue to use 140 characters or less in their Tweets. The new 280 character limit will be rolled out to all languages apart from Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, where the old limit is not an issue due to the density of their writing systems.

When the 280 character limit was tested, Twitter found that people initially tweeted long messages, but after a few days most people tweeted using less than 140 characters most of the time. Only 5% of Tweets were longer than 140 characters, and only 2% were longer than 190 characters.

"We – and many of you – were concerned that timelines may fill up with 280 character Tweets, and people with the new limit would always use up the whole space. But that didn’t happen," said Aliza Rosen, Twitter's product manager.

She added that with the new higher limit in place only 1% of Tweets actually hit the character limit. "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," she concluded.

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