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Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Twitter doubles length of tweets to 280 characters

Twitter doubles length of tweets to 280 characters

Twitter said those Asian languages can convey about double the amount of information in one character compared with many other languages.

Chinese, Japanese, and Korean-speaking users aren't getting access to the expanded limit because "cramming is not an issue in these languages", per Twitter.

Now the San Francisco tech firm is officially doubling the character limit of its tweets to 280 characters. But if they needed those extra few characters, they "Tweeted more easily and more often", according to Twitter, which can apparently read users minds and determine when they are at ease.

The move will give President Donald Trump, Twitter's highest profile user, more room to discuss potential policies and take aim at critics.

Rosen pointed out that people who might be concerned their Twitter streams timeline would look drastically different needn't worry.

With the new 280 character limit, Twitter says only 5% of tweets were sent longer than 140 characters, while only 2% were over 190 characters.

Twitter also says that it found it easier for users tweet with the new limit, as well as those with the ability to use more than 140 characters received more likes, retweets, mentions, and followers. "But that didn't happen". Regardless, that's precisely what two German Twitter users did recently.

- Denzel Mwiyeretsi (@DenzelUG) September 26, 2017It's not good news at all. Twitter will be spoiled by TROLLS, If it increases. A heavily retweeted image following the announcement showed Dorsey's long tweet announcing the change edited down to fit in 139 characters.

Ultimately, Twitter's decision could lead to users growing more engaged with the service. It also saw people with the longer character limits have more likes, retweets and mentions, get more followers and spend more time on the platform.

Twitter's latest move is a watershed moment for the publicly traded company, which posted better-than-expected earnings and revenue growth during its most recent quarter but struggled with sluggish user growth in more recent quarters.

The site now has 330 million active users.

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