The best and worst uses of Twitter's new 280-character limit

President Donald Trump has already gotten the hang of longer tweets

President Donald Trump has already gotten the hang of longer

Twitter did not provide information on whether it had seen an increase in harassment on its site, due to the higher character limit.

They've been testing the change for a couple of months.

As the character limit on Twitter got expanded to 280 from 140, football clubs across the world including Manchester City, Manchester United and AC Milan welcomed the change by posting sassy tweets.

Twitter says its research shows us that the 140 character limit was a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English, but not in Japanese.

And what they have found out was that users in the test group were satisfied with the new limit.

Germans have greeted the news that Twitter now permits 280-character missives with twice the tweeting.

Essentially, Twitter seemed to be saying, even if you want to stick to 140 characters in your tweets, we're going to make it hard for you. Those above 190 accounted for a mere 2%. However, many of Twitter's 330 million monthly active users were already getting around the limit by linking to longer pieces, taking screenshots of full stories, and sending streams of tweets called tweetstorms to complete thoughts.

As listeners debated the move Stephen King gave this thought: "280 characters?" Fortunately, Rosen promises more to come: "We'll continue listening and working to make Twitter easier for everyone while making sure we keep what you love".

Twitter, meanwhile, appears also to be banking that by freeing users from the 140-character straitjacket, its platform will gain in popularity.

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