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Twitter Begin Testing 280 Characters Tweets in English and More Languages

Taking a note of its current limitation of 140 character, which runs out quickly in languages, like English, where people need to edit their Tweet down, sometimes the editing ends up with a removal of an important word that conveys some important meaning or emotion — all just to fit it down.

But, users in languages, like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, have no issues as they can easily convey almost double the amount of information in one character unlike English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

“We see that a small percent of Tweets sent in Japanese have 140 characters (only 0.4%),” said Aliza Rosen and Ikuhiro Ihara. But in English, “a much higher percentage of Tweets have 140 characters (9%),” added. “Most Japanese Tweets are 15 characters while most English Tweets are 34.”

Since, the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English. So, making it easy for everyone to express themselves fully on the platform, Twitter has started, testing out a longer limit i.e. “280 characters,” in languages impacted by cramming.

The feature is currently only available to a small group around the world.

“Although we feel confident about our data and the positive impact this change will have, we want to try it out with a small group of people before we make a decision to launch to everyone,” Rosen and Ihara noted.

Here, the screenshot showing 140 – left and 280 – right character Tweets in the timeline:

  • This picture is showing same Tweet in different languages:

    same Tweet in different languages

  • Update 09/28: To try out the 280 characters tweet, currently, two unofficial methods are available. In the first method, which seems to be currently operational, go to TweetDeck via this webpage and bookmark “Tweet 280” button. Then, sign in to your Twitter account on TweetDeck and click the aforementioned bookmark. Et voila, enjoy 280 characters worth of tweet.

    Second, seems to be un operational, is as follows:

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