Twitter has doubled its character limit from 140 to 280 for some selected users. On Tuesday, the social network announced it would begin a test with a random sample of users allowing them to send longer tweets. The new feature will apply to all languages other than Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This is a big change to the company's 11-year-old word limit of 140 characters since its launch in 2006.
CEO Jack Dorsey shared the news with a tweet using the new 280-word-limit tweet. He said "A small change, but a big move for us" adding how this change will make a great difference for the twitter users around the globe. The company hopes that this change will bring equity to languages that use more characters to convey information, but declined to say how many people would be included in the test.
This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence! https://t.co/TuHj51MsTu
— jack (@jack) September 26, 2017
Currently, on a test run, there is no confirmation when this renewed limit will be available to all users. Twitter users have had a mixed response, but most are not happy with the change as Twitter is known for sharing information in short and quick formats.
Updated Date: Sep 29, 2017 17:16 PM