Twitter doubles its character limit to 280

Twitter doubles its character limit to 280

The social media team at Manchester City are in need of a pay rise after utilising Twitter's new 280 character limit in the most brilliant way to date.

Twitter was initially limited to 140 words because at the beginning of the service people tweeted via text, which at the time had a 140-character limit. Users will now be able to use up to 280 characters.

The company also found out that when they gave more room for people to insert their thoughts, it resulted to posts getting "more engagement (Likes, Retweets, @mentions), got more followers, and spent more time on Twitter".

In all, the tweets received hundreds of thousands of shares, from people apparently mostly annoyed at the change. The social networking site earlier offered its iconic 140-character limit for its tweets. That's because writing in those languages uses fewer characters. Twitter has been testing the new limit for weeks and is starting to roll it out Tuesday.

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One of them is the latest innovation done by the Twitter. The user edited Jack's tweet into only 140 characters without losing the meaning of tweet itself. In addition, most English tweets have 34 characters, while Japanese tweets have 15.

It should be noted, however, that the new character limit would not be available for all users. The company believes that more space allows users to fit their thoughts in a single tweet, so the people could speak whatever they want to and send tweets quickly than before.

Users had also anxious that longer tweets would exacerbate Twitter's ongoing problem with harassment - more characters might mean more scope for abuse.

Twitter's brevity is most of its appeal, but the doubled character count will force us to read, and actually think about, what users are saying.

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