Here's how to start tweeting in 280 characters right now

Twitter is testing 280-character limit and only a lucky few have the feature.

  • Updated: September 28, 2017 3:01 PM IST

Yesterday, Twitter announced that it will extend the character limit of tweets to 280 from the existing 140. Twitter is currently testing this feature, and has been rolled out to select people across the globe. However, this has caused chaos among people wanting to tweet in 280 characters. If you aren’t among the lucky lot, you can follow these simple steps to tweet in 280 characters right now.

As reported by, the first process was quite complicated as you had to install TamperMonkey extension on Chrome, and add a script published on Github. Also, this was limited to a desktop only, and wouldn’t work on your smartphones. A web developer, Juliette Pretot has now simplified the process by turning the code into a bookmark. All you have to do is go to this page, and add the highlighted link on your bookmark bar. After doing so, open TweetDeck, and login to your Twitter account.

Click on the bookmark once, and tap on compose tweet. You should see in the text box that the character limit has increased to 280. Note that clicking on the bookmark will not prompt a popup or anything as such. You have to click the bookmark before tapping on compose tweet. You can continue to tweet in 280 characters after clicking on the bookmark once. ALSO READ: Twitter is secretly testing a ‘tweetstorm’ feature within its app: Report

For those who are suffering from FOMO, you can follow this simple process to start tweeting in 280 characters. Although, it might not be very long till Twitter officially introduces it since it’s already “in love with this new, still brief, constraint”. Twitter explained the reason for doing so by giving the examples of how languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese allow people to express thoughts in just one word. People who tweet in these languages can mostly sum up their thoughts within 140 characters or less. RELATED: Twitter testing 280-character limit for tweets and the internet is furious

Twitter’s decision garnered a lot of angry responses. But with only a few people being eligible for the test, it also created a humorous atmosphere. People are now tweeting funny reactions for not being able to tweet in 280 characters.

  • Published Date: September 28, 2017 11:01 AM IST
  • Updated Date: September 28, 2017 3:01 PM IST