Twitter is giving everyone 280 characters

"It's What's Happening" will now be happening at twice the character-count, as the social media platform Twitter finally increased the length of tweets from the original 140-characters to a doubled 280. However she thinks giving users more space to express themselves within a tweet is good move on Twitter's part.

When Twitter revealed it was testing out a larger character limit in September, many users grew concerned their feeds would clog with much longer tweets, including from the country's tweeter-in-chief.

The company is loosening its word limit after feedback showing that those in their 280-character experimental group got more retweets, likes and followers when they got more space.

The company announced on Tuesday it is doubling how many characters users can cram into a tweet.

Rozen said during the testing period, only 5% of tweets topped the 140-character limit, and only 2% went beyond 190 characters. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a Tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning Tweets before sending.

Though neither user has offered any details on the exact method they used to send out this monster tweet, some have speculated that the use of certain URL suffixes (such as.cc) is what allowed for the exploit.

Before the tests - which were limited to a few users, but easy to participate in thanks to third-party tools - roughly 9 percent of tweets ran right up against the 140-character limit. "But that didn't happen. for reference, in the timeline, Tweets with an image or poll usually take up more space than a 190 character Tweet".

'It was a temporary effect and didn't last long. "We expect to see some of this novelty effect spike again with this week's launch and expect it to resume to normal behavior soon after", the company says.

Twitter.com now supports 280 characters and now a circle progress indicator shows how many characters remain, but it will turn into a number when 20 characters remain.

  • Latoya Cobb