Twitter says now we can all use 280 characters.
After several test, Twitter is officially doubling its signature of 140-character limit. Meanwhile, larger issues still remain.
This might be the question everyone got in mind why is the company focused on doubling its character count for tweets to 280 characters from its original 140?
That’s the question the company is likely to encounter — despite some possible fanfare — after announcing Tuesday it is officially doubling its signature 140-character limit for all users following a “successful” trial run in September with select users.
“We are making this change after listening and observing a problem our global community was having (it wasn’t easy enough to Tweet!), studying data to understand how we could improve, trying it out, and listening to your feedback,” he said.
Going on the procedures to tweeting, most users will automatically see the 280-character feature. If not, they should update their mobile app or if using a mobile phone or refresh your dashboard on Twitter page on their computer’s browser. People tweeting in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese will remain at the 140 character limit for the main time.
It’s really no surprise that the company’s user count has stalled at 330 million accounts, and that’s after Twitter admitted to having overcounted user numbers for three years.
Twitter has ditched the limit of people sending direct messages to one another in the past two years. It’s also relaxed limitations on photos, videos and GIFs, and replies to other users.
The company said:
“Tuesday that historically about 9 percent of tweets in English hit the 140-character limit. When the 280-character trial run began, the volume dropped to 1 percent”.
She also added, Twitter users who had more room to tweet gets more followers, retweets, likes and mentions.
When the 280-character trial began, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in series of tweets that the original 140-character limit was arbitrary, inspired by the 160-character limit for SMS messages over cellphones. He expected “the snark and critique” about the change and said most users likely won’t use the full 280 characters.
“What matters now is we clearly show why this change is important, and to prove to you it’s better,” he said. “Give us some time to learn and confirm (or challenge!) our ideas.”
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