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Twitter Increases Character Count to 280 characters

He also explained that the choice of 140 characters was "arbitrarily based on the 160 character SMS limit" and limited people from tweeting. To the majority of users, increasing the character limit would compromise what Twitter has been known for all these years which is their brevity.

Twitter, the social network that has struggled with declining sales and stalled user growth globally, is testing a feature to give users more space to write tweets, Recode reported.

"According to Twitter, in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French", and that is limiting user engagement in these regions.

Comparing Japanese and English language tweets, only 0.4% of tweets sent in Japanese utilise 140 characters, while in English this stands at 9% - with most Japanese tweets 15 characters long and most English tweets 34. Surprisingly enough, other languages like Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are not affected by the 140 character limit because of the nature of their written language.

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Twitter wants to test the change with a small number of users before taking it company wide, they said.

"I truly hope the company is spending as much time on combatting racism, harassment, and bots as it is on this".

Over the past couple of years, Twitter has slowly chipped away at its 140-character constraint.

"Not to sound like a nostalgist, but from a user standpoint, I think this is another change for the worse", said Rick Edmonds, media business analyst at Poynter.

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Though the official rollout is still TBD, The Verge found a way to unlock the new 280-character limit right now using Chrome and a little light coding.

The lackluster financial performance belies the outsized influence the company has on culture, news and now potentially the future of humankind thanks to Twitter's most famous user, President Trump.

Twitter's biggest challenge is growing its user base among real people - and not the bots and anonymous trolls that clutter it with objectionable material. The responsibility then would shift to the author to "front load the tweet with relevance". Asked past year about the fate of the 140-character limit, Dorsey was adamant it would remain in place.

However, the changes probably won't be embraced by all users.

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