Twitter 280 Characters, Number Replaced With Circle For Limit

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Twitter today has announced that it will be raising its character limit from 140 to 280 for all users.

Users had also anxious that longer tweets would exacerbate Twitter's ongoing problem with harassment - more characters might mean more scope for abuse. SMS has largely become obsolete to Twitter users as smartphone technology has advanced.

The new 280 character limit is already hitting the official app, web interface, and Tweetdeck for users in most countries.

The move follows a trial among a small group of users which started in September in response to criticism that it was not easy enough to tweet.

Say goodbye to 140 characters and the countdown that used to appear next to your working tweets, it's all about 280 characters and a slowly filling circle now.

According to the company, "Japanese, Korean, and Chinese will continue to have 140 characters because cramming is not an issue in these languages". The result is that users spend too much time trying to edit their tweets down, or abandon them altogether.

Twitter's character limit was created so that tweets could fit into a single text message, back when many people were using texts to receive tweets. In its current form, Twitter has proved cumbersome for new users, yet each time the company tries to change an important feature, heavy users complain.

It's worth emphasizing again that people in the test got very excited about the extra space in the beginning and many Tweets went way beyond 140. Since we saw Tweets hit the character limit less often, we believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer.

"People did silly and creative things like writing just a few characters per line to make their Tweets extra large".

"In our testing, we have seen strong engagement levels with Tweets that are above 140 characters but ultimately, the best Tweets will come down to quality of language and content, whether the Tweet is 80, 180 or 280 characters", said Leanne Gibson, acting managing director at Twitter Canada.

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