Twitter to begin testing 280-character limit for tweets

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In a tweet, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey showed off the new limit would maintain the platform's "brevity, speed and essence".

Twitter, in a very unusual and interesting move, now increasing the tweet limit from old 140 characters to new 280-Characters which is double the amount.

The new feature will be available in all languages except Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Rosen used tweets in Japanese to further drive home the point, writing that only 0.4 percent of tweets in that language reach 140 characters, while 9 percent of tweets written in English reach reach 140. In Japanese, 140 characters is roughly equivalent to about 300 characters in English. "It's what makes it such a great way to see what's happening", they wrote.

Love 'em or hate 'em, tweets are about to get a whole lot longer. "That is something we will never change", Rosen said.

Twitter users seemed split on their reaction to the change. News reports in January 2016 said that Twitter was running internal tests for longer tweets and considering a limit as high as 10,000 characters.

Users, particularly active ones with large following, have been pleasantly surprised to see the limit of 140 characters relaxed as of today morning. This was disclosed by the company in a tweet, which pointed that this new feature is now being tested out with a "small group" of people.

Others, meanwhile, were concerned that the additional characters would allow US President Donald Trump to Tweet even more.

Rosen added that the company wanted to try out the change with a small group, before it made a decision to launch the feature site wide.

The company announced that it's increasing the character count from 140 to 280 characters, but it will start off with a limited number of people. The blog also said that in markets where users don't have to "cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare", they tend to tweet more.

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