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Twitter rolls out 280-character tweets to most users

Society 08.11.2017 | 14:07

SAN FRANCISCO, 8 November (BelTA - Anadolu Agency) - Twitter announced Tuesday it will double the character limits for tweets for nearly all of its users.

The company said by night, users in more than 35 supported languages would be able to use up to 280 characters per tweet, up from the 140-character policy that has defined the platform.

Twitter first rolled out the extended tweets to select users earlier this year.

“In September, we launched a test that expanded the 140 character {sic} limit so every person around the world could express themselves easily in a tweet,” Aliza Rosen, Twitter's product manager, wrote in the announcement. “Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter.”

Notably, the change will not affect users tweeting in the East Asian languages of Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Twitter said the decision was due to research that showed those languages are able to convey more information using less characters compared to, for example, English or Portuguese.

The move to 280 characters has been controversial, with some users saying it will destroy the brevity that made Twitter entertaining. Others chose to make fun of the change.

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