The 140-character limit has long been a defining feature of Twitter, and has been a source of consternation for people almost as long. “Trying to cram your thoughts into a Tweet – we’ve all been there, and it’s a pain”, Twitter Product Manager Aliza Rosen said in a recent blog post. “We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters.”
This long-awaited move is only for a select test group for now, and will later be rolled out for all Twitter users. However, this move that is being hailed as a game-changer, is restricted only to languages that are impacted by cramming one’s thoughts into 140 characters (that is all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean).
Research has shown that it is easier to convey the same thought in fewer characters in languages such as Japanese or Korean, as opposed to English or Spanish that require more space to convey the same thought. This is illustrated below.
In order to make it easier for everyone around the world to express themselves on Twitter, the decision to double the character limit is under way. English writers will no longer feel constrained by the brief character limit on Twitter.
Here are some funny responses Tweeple had to this news –
First twitter doubles its character count then the Kardashians double their number of pregnant sisters I am exhausted
— Man Repeller (@ManRepeller) September 26, 2017
And in one stroke, Twitter doubles the complexity of our nation’s foreign policy.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) September 27, 2017
how will i blame the 140-character limit for a lack of nuance in my tweets now
— Imaan Sheikh (@sheikhimaan) September 27, 2017
CAN’T WAIT TO WRITE LONGER THREADS YAS.
— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) September 27, 2017