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Twitter doubles character limit of tweets

Twitter has extended the character limit on tweets to 280 to enable users to express more meaning or emotion

The 280 character tweet is only available to a select group for now.
The 280 character tweet is only available to a select group for now.

Twitter is experimenting with its tweets by expanding the character limit to 280 characters, to allow users to add more meaning or emotion.

The move is to enable users to express themselves with more freedom and by doubling the existing limit, users will no longer have be cautious over what characters to use.

Twitter's chief executive tweeted that the feature is ‘a big move for us [Twitter]‘.

This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence! https://t.co/TuHj51MsTu

— jack (@jack) September 26, 2017

In a statement, Twitter said: "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, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean)."

Twitter researched how characters can actually convey double the amount of information per character in languages like Japanese, Korean and Chinese, compared to other languages such as English, Spanish, Arabic and French.

Twitter's research found: "We see that a small percent of Tweets sent in Japanese have 140 characters (only 0.4%). But in English, a much higher percentage of Tweets have 140 characters (9%). Most Japanese Tweets are 15 characters while most English Tweets are 34."

The 280 character tweet is only available to a select group for now.