Twitter has finally introduced 280 character limit in tweets for everyone. It is the new limit for a tweet since 140 characters.
Most people have expressed their concerns and feel that this was an unnecessary move from the company. They have been expressing their dislike ever since the company started testing the new format. Twitteratis feel that this would ruin the charm of trying to express what they had to in crisp and short messages.
Twitter started testing the new 280 character format in September and was only available to select group of people.
The company previously allowed users to post a single tweet within 160 characters, out of which it reserved 20 characters for the username and gave the remaining 140 for posting the message. It stayed the same for a decade before Twitter once again changed the limit last year. In 2016 the microblogging social platform kept the same 160 characters but removed the @mentions and links from the limit.
The 280 character limit was announced by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a tweet, which utilized all the 280 characters.
This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence! https://t.co/TuHj51MsTu
— jack (@jack) September 26, 2017
With the 280 character limit, languages apart from English will be easier to use and users will be able to say more at once. Some suggest that a longer character limit will make Twitter less readable. Others say that the company is trying to divert attention from more important issues like abuse and harassment on the platform. Some even argued that why is Twitter not rolling out the edit tweets feature.
Here are some examples of what people think.
139 characters pic.twitter.com/WkfdXL8oLh
— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) September 26, 2017
I will NEVER use 280 characters nor will I favorite or retweet a tweet with them. THIS IS MY FIGHT SONG
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 8, 2017
We all have 280 characters? Well, as Shakespeare wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit. The soul of wit is what brevity is. Brevity? Soul of wit? They’re the same thing. Like if you had brevity in one hand and the soul of wit in the other, you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart.”
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 8, 2017