Donald Trump fires off first tweets under new 280 character limit

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Twitter doubled its character limit to 280 yesterday and users immediately sought to take advantage of the extra space, with Radio 4's Today programme tweeting the names of all 31 regions mentioned in the shipping forecast.

Replying to Twitter support, here are some tweets. At the same time, the 140-character limit did force you to be concise and witty, and there was a certain value to that.

That moment came on Tuesday night when the company expanded the 140-character limit for tweets, giving the United States president - a prolific and controversial Twitter user - twice the amount of space to express himself. Previously, you could only use up to 20 characters, which some found to be limiting, while some found it to be enough.

"I will NEVER use 280 characters nor will I favorite or retweet a tweet with them". Oh, and now, Twitter is allowing users to have 50 characters on their display.

Changing your display name is a simple matter of heading to Settings, but full details are available on Twitter's support pages.

According to Twitter's data, just 5% of tweets were longer than 140 characters, and 2% were over 190 characters.

With Twitter use on the decline, the company could really benefit from an update that gets people to use the service more often. "As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you'll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline" it added.

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