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 countryAlso Read - Twitter seeks more time to comply with new rules in response to “one last notice”
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.
Here’s a suggestion
Is Twitter slowly turning into the next Facebook?
Yes, people still want that “Edit” button. Twitter, are you listening?
Some are embracing the 280-character limit quite well.
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