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Twitter users respond to #280characters rollout: ‘All we wanted was an edit button’

The Guardian // 14th November 2017
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Twitter has officially unleashed its 280 character count to the masses.

The social media platform had originally selected only a small number of accounts to test the longer feature. However, it announced on Tuesday that it would expand the character limit from 140 characters to 280 for all of its users.

At first, sentiment seemed generally positive.

Although, it didn’t take long for a people to start abusing the extra breathing room.

And not everyone was happy with the change.

Despite increase in length, Twitter predicts most users will keep their tweets short and sweet.

In a blog post, the company’s product manager Aliza Rosen wrote “we – and many of you – were concerned that timelines may fill up with 280-character tweets, and people with the new limit would always use up the whole space.”

“But that didn’t happen. Only 5% of tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only 2% were over 190 characters.”

The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Twitter suggests this is because east Asian languages tend to be more compact, conveying almost double the amount of information within a single character.

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