Twitter’s 280-character limit went live for users on November 7, 2017. Tweets in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese languages remain at the 140 character limit currently. Certain characters, including CJK, emoji and most Unicode symbols, count as two characters under the new limit.
Twitter’s Product Manager Aliza Rosen first announced plans to expand to 280-character tweets in September 2017.
Twitter is about brevity. It’s what makes it such a great way to see what’s happening. Tweets get right to the point with the information or thoughts that matter. That is something we will never change, wrote Aliza Rosen.
Twitter’s research showed that the 140-character limit was a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English, but was not for those Tweeting in Japanese.
Twitter is letting everybody tweet in 280 characters https://t.co/lfw0HL91gZ pic.twitter.com/3xKgDARY5m
— CNET (@CNET) November 8, 2017
Twitter's 280-character limit comes to the masses https://t.co/nJ1kZDEeAG
— Engadget (@engadget) November 7, 2017
Twitter's 280 character count starts today https://t.co/cygofJET7M
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) November 7, 2017
Welcome to a world with 280-character tweets. Twitter is doubling how many characters users can cram into a post https://t.co/4JHysAdzH3 pic.twitter.com/gR8qTvh1R4
— CNN (@CNN) November 7, 2017
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