Twitter goes live with 280 character limit expansion

Will Twitter lose its 'micro blogging' identity after going from 140 to 280?

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Twitter’s enhanced character limit from 140 to 280 went live today as the change is supported in all languages except Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cramming is not an issue in these languages. In fact, these languages have always been able to say more with their Tweets because of the density of their writing systems. 

The company announced this plan in September with the reason behind the move being the social media giants wanting to let people express their opinions and thoughts more freely as they felt the 140 character limit was hindering the same.

This change has been received with mixed reviews with users unsure if increasing the character limit holds the Twitter essence anymore.

The expansion was initially available to a select group of Twitter users as a trial.

The concern over expanding the character limit to 280 was timeline spamming as users argued that the increase to 280 characters would make Twitter less readable, as longer tweets would fill their timelines.

According to Twitter’s blog post, only one per cent of tweets hit the character limit after the expansion to 280, compared with 9 per cent of tweets. Only five per cent of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only two per cent were over 190 characters according to analysis.

So are you happy with Twitter's expansion? What other important changes need to be brought in according to you? Do let us know in the comments below. 






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