Twitter launches longer tweets

Angelica Greene
November 8, 2017

Aliza Rosen, product manager at Twitter said: "We - and many of you - were concerned that timelines may fill up with 280 character Tweets, and people with the new limit would always use up the whole space".

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Most languages will now have twice as many characters to say what they want on Twitter.

The firm also said that people who partook in the trial said they felt more satisfied with how they expressed themselves on Twitter, and the ability to sift through content. "But importantly, people tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained".

In previous years, reports surfaced that Twitter was exploring increasing the character limit for tweets - reports Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey quashed by calling the 140-character limit "a lovely constraint".

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But as Twitter expanded its ambitions to become more of an online town square, it became an important place to discuss complex ideas. SMS messages had a 160-character limit, and Twitter wanted users to be able to post messages via phone, with enough room for a username. That veritable political morass can be fatiguing for many users seeking more lighthearted, witty banter versus seemingly heated exchanges over President Donald Trump's latest maneuverings. Twitter cofounder Biz Stone had said the prolific Twitter user was not in the test group. Now the social network is changing that. A heavily retweeted image following the announcement showed Dorsey's long tweet announcing the change edited down to fit in 139 characters.

Though neither user has offered any details on the exact method they used to send out this monster tweet, some have speculated that the use of certain URL suffixes (such is what allowed for the exploit.

As it notes about the initial launch of the 280 character limit testing, Twitter says there will be another spike of users tweeting longer tweets initially, but that it will level off quickly. The platform continues to be rife with harassment and abuse, despite the company's efforts to better police it.

Everyone affected by the new length should have it by Tuesday evening.

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