Twitter doubles its tweet character limit from 140 to 280
Twitter announced on Tuesday it is doubling the tweets count 280 characters, up from 140. The new limit will roll out to Twitter users in almost all 40 languages Twitter after testing the option among a handful of users since September.
Even though it is now testing this new 280 character limit for tweets, Twitter does say that its fundamental goal of allowing people to express themselves quickly and to the point will never change. It also says that while many Twitter users may have an “emotional attachment” to the current character limit, it says it has now fallen in “love with this new, still brief, constraint.”
The move modifies a fundamental aspect of Twitter. Aside from the test, the social network’s character limit hasn’t changed since the company launched in 2006.
Twitter also recently updated its rules to be more explicit in its definitions and policies towards harassment, threats, and adult content.
Twitter has about 330 million monthly active users around the world.
Twitter Comments on increases of character limit
“We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they tweeted more easily and more often,” Rosen said. “But importantly, people tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained.”
The USA TODAY Trump Voter Panel, a focus group of 25 Trump voters from around the country, agreed the president’s tweeting is a big reason for his troubles in the first months of his administration.