* The company began testing the new 280-character limit with few users around the world on Tuesday, but it is expected to roll-out fully to everyone soon.
* Described as a “big move” by Twitter CEO, a lot of users have gone on the social network to express their displeasure about the change.
* The change will be available to every language except Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Do you need more space to get your thoughts across on Twitter? You’re in luck, as Twitter begins testing a new character limit that is twice the original length restriction which had been in place since the social network was created in 2006.
The company said in a blog post that it hoped the move would help “every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter.”
Twitter noted that the change will not be available to Chinese, Japanese and Korean, due to the fact that you could convey twice the amount of information in one character in those languages as you can in others.
The original 140-character limit was created back when people used Twitter via SMS, so that tweets could fit with into SMS 160-character cap. But times have changed, and most people now use the social network through its mobile app where such technical constraints do not apply. As a result, the company is set to test a 280-character limit to help users communicate their thoughts without cramming them up.
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey said in a tweet: “This is a small change, but a big move for us.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, tweeps have not taken too kindly to the “big move,” which currently affects only a small group of users around the world. Large numbers of users have expressed their displeasure, claiming that the concise nature of posts are a significant part of Twitter’s appeal.
"By increasing the character limit of a Tweet to 280, we feel like the President will be able to declare war much more easily." – @Twitter
— New Donk Casey (@CaseyMalone) September 26, 2017
This new character limit will achieve nothing but longer, uglier tweetstorms.
— Joanna Torres (@JoannaLTorres) September 26, 2017
There's a new 280 character limit out for Twitter. That means when Firmino scores we'll have to see 140 extra Os
— Peter (@IconicFellaini) September 26, 2017
this new character limit is gonna make me hate twitter even more
— emo dad (@fatsoburgers) September 27, 2017
Some users did receive the news positively however, noting that the new limit will save the amount of time spent on editing tweets and tweetstorming.
I'm really happy to be apart of the testing group for the new 280 character limit. Being able to go in to more a lot of detail on what I'm t
— WARHURYEAH (@WARHURYEAH) September 27, 2017
Very excited about the new 280 character limit. It'll definitely be easier to make my point. Not sure if I'm among those who have the new li
— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) September 26, 2017