Twitter Publicizes and Executes Character Limit Expansion

10 November, 2017, 01:45 | Author: Kristine Mills
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"People in the experiment told us that a higher character limit made them feel more satisfied with how they expressed themselves on Twitter, their ability to find good content, and Twitter overall". It's a confusing time, with most users complaining about this update, and the rest taking the absolute piss.

Prior to yesterday's announcement, Twitter had given "a small group" access to the full 280 characters. That's 560 characters. It's basically a book. Now, the 280 character feature has been rolled out for the entirety of the platform.

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While Twitter notes that while the change is taking place for most parts of the world, there are still a few that will be sticking with the 140-character limit.

Only 5% of tweets sent from test users were longer than 140 characters.

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Twitter formally made the change on November 7, and in the days since, some of the most prominent living writers have spoken out against it, believing it to undermine what made the social media platform so unique and often witty.

"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", said Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen in a blog post. Users will now be able to use up to 280 characters.

Actor Isiah Whitlock Jr., famous for his role as Clay Davis on The Wire, used the opportunity to remind Twitter of the character's famous catchphrase. Twitter found that people with the expanded character limit spent less time editing their tweets.

Only 2% of tweets from test users were over 190 characters.



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