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Twitter rolls out 280-character limit, here's how the internet reacted

Twitter has doubled it character limit from 140 to 280 characters.

  • Published: November 8, 2017 9:54 AM IST
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Twitter had started testing 280-character limit for tweets back in September. The internet was furious with people saying that the micro-blogging site has lost its stature of brevity. For those who were against it, the nightmare has become real as Twitter is rolling out 280-character limit for tweets. This character limit is huge considering the fact that it’s actually double of the previous 140-character limit. Also Read - Twitter vs Koo: Nigeria government joins India's Koo app after Twitter’s ban in the country

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The testing stage of 280-character limit drew a lot of attention in the haven of memes. The official rollout has also garnered immense attention with different reactions from Twitterati. Here’s how people are taking the new announcement from Twitter on Twitter.

Haters gonna hate.

https://twitter.com/depressedwaifu_/status/928104181109583872

https://twitter.com/Singha_Ra/status/928103991027818496

https://twitter.com/AGlitterbug/status/928103980202364929

https://twitter.com/LiverpoolRage/status/928103893841727488

https://twitter.com/NYgrooveX/status/928103750933340160

Here’s a suggestion

https://twitter.com/restumoes/status/928104146145701890

Is Twitter slowly turning into the next Facebook?

https://twitter.com/pratikprasenjit/status/928104263745540098

https://twitter.com/juneedkhan10/status/928103836958388224

Yes, people still want that “Edit” button. Twitter, are you listening?

https://twitter.com/jasonmn/status/928095442977538049

https://twitter.com/MandoBen95/status/928103917270974470

https://twitter.com/GetUpOff_MARiE/status/928104279688216577

https://twitter.com/smwherenMaErica/status/928104267583438850

https://twitter.com/HumourThoughts/status/928104221433409536

Some are embracing the 280-character limit quite well.

https://twitter.com/thesmoothfactor/status/928104246213578752

https://twitter.com/MarissaCalcione/status/928104227335008256

https://twitter.com/JessicaGTAV_22/status/928104166580404225

https://twitter.com/janisjams/status/928104155985608705

https://twitter.com/NYImpact414/status/928104114344603648

Twitter increased the character limit because English has disadvantages against languages like Japanese, Korean and Chinese. In these languages just one word can describe what needs to be said in a sentence in English. Hence, the 280-character limit doesn’t apply to Japanese, Korean and Chinese languages. Twitter said that it would study user behavior and accordingly decide on extending the character limit. Twitter’s study reveals that with 280 characters, only 1 percent of tweets hit the character limit. It also showed that people took less time to edit tweets in the composer. ALSO READ: Twitter exploit lets a user post a 35,000-character tweet

Addressing the importance of brevity, Twitter said that even with the new 280-character limit, timelines didn’t fill up with long tweets. It says that “only 5% of tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only 2% were over 190 characters”. Twitter assures that “your timeline reading experience should not substantially change”. Twitter’s stats also show that with more characters in tweets, people received more Likes, Retweets, followers, and also spent more time on Twitter. ALSO READ: Twitter changes rules again to curb abusive behavior, spam, adult content and self-harm

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  • Published Date: November 8, 2017 9:54 AM IST



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