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Twitter testing 280-character limit for tweets and the internet is furious

What do you think about tweeting in 280 characters?

  • Updated: September 27, 2017 10:39 AM IST
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Twitter’s character limit has long been a topic of debate. While some argue the essence of tweets being short and crisp, others wish for just a few more characters. Last September, Twitter relaxed its 140-character limit by excluding media files and usernames from the count. Now, Twitter could be doubling its character limit to a whopping 280, as it understands people “trying to cram your thoughts into a tweet”. Also Read - Explained: Can Twitter get banned in India?

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Twitter has a good reason for this though, and it depends on which language you tweet in. Giving an example of how in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can express more feelings and emotions in just one word. This way, people who tweet in Japanese, Korean, or Chinese can mostly sum up their thoughts within 140 characters or less. Twitter is now testing the 280 character with a small group, and for all languages except the above three.

Based on their findings, Twitter will decide whether to introduce 280 characters for longer tweets now. The micro-blogging site clarifies that it still stands for brevity and understands those who have “an emotional attachment to 140 characters”. But it doesn’t seem very sympathetic, and has already fallen in love “with this new, still brief, constraint”. ALSO READ: Twitter is secretly testing a tweetstorm feature within its app: Report

Twitter’s new decision has surely garnered enough attention to cause different responses from its users. Here’s what Twitteratis have to say about tweeting in 280 characters.

Yes, the internet is furious.

https://twitter.com/SinbadJahazi/status/912891402136236037

https://twitter.com/Milestonemonger/status/912793235042349057

https://twitter.com/brianhowie/status/912815891628167168

https://twitter.com/RealTinehNimjeh/status/912828992998146048

https://twitter.com/sena1901np/status/912885535156338688

How can you not spare Trump?

https://twitter.com/twild471/status/912891299686227968

https://twitter.com/brian_bonafitz/status/912790227625955329

https://twitter.com/tveskov/status/912788953530552321

A few well deserved funny reactions.

https://twitter.com/nofreecopies/status/912890847737389058

https://twitter.com/DavidLindburg/status/912859336988295169

https://twitter.com/CanyonDentalCen/status/912841364592844801

https://twitter.com/Oliver_Duarte/status/912862540929040385

Konichiwa!

https://twitter.com/Kalter_Stein/status/912890018909360136

Burn Facebook, burn!

https://twitter.com/4d_sociopath/status/912889755871977472

https://twitter.com/SalRockatansky/status/912880277889851392

https://twitter.com/hirider750/status/912785912525918211

Aww

https://twitter.com/julianecrawls/status/912880203331862528

The fight for an edit button still goes on.

https://twitter.com/john_higg/status/912857465070465024

https://twitter.com/MyKuL8X8/status/912860249585065984

https://twitter.com/jennnna311/status/912816252942417921

https://twitter.com/4nozha/status/912815813253623808

https://twitter.com/jaysvoboda/status/912789534353567744

Only a few seem excited about tweeting in 280 characters.

https://twitter.com/revigilant/status/912883684298158080

https://twitter.com/Ninjoe_Gamer/status/912805721728851968

https://twitter.com/screenfool/status/912785345397219328

What are your thoughts on Twitter extending the character limit for tweets? Leave us your reactions in our comments section below.

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  • Published Date: September 27, 2017 10:30 AM IST
  • Updated Date: September 27, 2017 10:39 AM IST



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