Twitter today announced a global test its conducting which expands the service’s character limit in a tweet to 280. This doubles the current 140 character limit and aims to unify how tweets are sent around the world.

 

 

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Showing the same Tweet in different languages. Credit: Twitter

 

Specifically, Twitter admits even its own employees struggle to keep their tweets inside the 140 character limit. Meanwhile, those in other countries such as Japan can type one character and have it mean so much more than one word in English. Therefore, they’re able to stay comfortably within the character limit with room to spare. On the other hand, those who speak different languages that require more words to express something typically get cramped and sometimes don’t even send their tweet.

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According to Twitter, just 9% of all tweets manage to reach the 140 character limit, while 0.4% of Japanese tweets hit the limit since they require less room. Of course, 9% isn’t very significant, but it definitely reigns supreme when compared to 0.4% so it makes sense to see a character expansion occur.

Of course, not only do statistics tell us a broader character limit for tweets is a good idea, but users have been complaining for years about wishing to have the ability to say more without sending out a tweetstorm. Now, even if you do send out a tweetstorm, it’ll be half the size. A win-win for all of us, amirite?

Thanks to changes in Twitter’s API, all third-party Twitter clients should be able to display 280 character tweets without any updates necessary on the developers’ part. Same goes for the official Twitter apps. There is no guarantee you’ll be able to send out 280 character tweets, however, as the social network is simply testing the waters in this case. They could even shelve the feature if they find people aren’t liking it. But let’s face it: I think people are gonna like this.

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Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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  1. […] Yesterday, Twitter announced a global test to allow users to send up to 280 characters in a single tweet, two times more than what was previously offered. While the update isn’t rolling out to all Twitter users, there is a way for users interested in sending out extended tweets to try it out now before everyone else. […]

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  2. […] comes after the social media platform announced it would soon expand tweets to 280 characters. Obviously, while viewing tweets in your feed longer than the previous glanceable […]

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  3. […] an initial test back in September that resulted in a favorable outcome, Twitter today announced it’s rolling out the ability […]

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