Welcome to a New Era: 280-Character Tweets

10 November, 2017, 01:44 | Author: Raquel Nash
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This week, the social media outlet started allowing most users 280 characters for their tweets. In September, Twitter launched a test that expanded the 140-character limit so that users could express themselves easily in a tweet. This was a massive shake-up in the Twitter-verse, as users have always been subjected to work within the confining 140 character limit.

Germans have greeted the news that Twitter now permits 280-character missives with twice the tweeting. Additionally, people who have more room to Tweet receive more engagement such as likes, and retweets, get more followers, and eventually, they spend more time on Twitter.

Twitter hopes the longer limit will make its service more approachable for more people.

Note that Twitter is increasing the character limit for most, but not all, languages. The change followed Twitter's earlier tests of the product change with a limited number of users.

"Users will not in the future write on Twitter as if they were Thomas Mann or Theodor W. Adorno", the linguist Peter Schlobinski told epd on Wednesday. In addition, most English tweets have 34 characters, while Japanese tweets have 15.

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Some users were instantly skeptical - after all, they had signed up for a website whose defining features were, as its founder and CEO Jack Dorsey noted, brevity and speed.

Which means users can voice their opinions in much longer posts. Only five percent of users went above 140 characters during the test, and only 2 percent ever went north of 190 characters.

"This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before".

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