Some Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) users might notice that they can make longer Tweets now.
Twitter says that it is testing out increasing character limits for Tweets in certain parts of the world. This means that select users of the social media service are now able to send out messages that are up to 280 characters, which is twice the previous limit of 140 characters.
The reason for Twitter expanding the character limit has to do with how people express themselves on the platform. Specifically, it points out that users in certain countries are sending out more Tweets than those in others. TWTR says this is because they can express more with less characters.
Twitter notes that it wants all of its users to be able to express themselves, while still keeping the brevity that Tweets are know for. As a result, it is testing out the new character limit in all languages but Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. These are the languages that easily let users express themselves with the 140-character limit.
“We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters – we felt it, too. But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint,” Aliza Rosen, Twitter Product Manager, and Ikuhiro Ihara, Senior Software Engineer at TWTR, said in a joint blog post. “We are excited to share this today, and we will keep you posted about what we see and what comes next.”
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