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Twitter May Roll Out a 280 Character Limit Instead of 140

Negative Feelings About More Characters On Twitter

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Autumn Lewis, Reporter

A tweet that may change the Twitter world forever has been tweeted.

The message came from the official account of Twitter, asking users, “Can’t fit your Tweet into 140 characters? We’re trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280!”

That means double the characters for a user to expressive themselves on this social media site.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tested out these 280 characters with a tweet of his own stating, “This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!”

The popular social media outlet is known for its 140-character limit. It is a way for users to briefly condense their thoughts and post them for followers to read and interact with using their own compact posts. If kept, this higher character limit will change the site’s main purpose: conciseness in a short amount of time and words.

Mixed feelings arose from the Twitter world regarding the change to the character limit.

“The 280-character limit is a terrible idea,” one user expressed. “The whole beauty of Twitter is that it forces you to express your ideas concisely…”

Another user, reminding Twitter how they never actually take into account what changes users really want, tweeted:

“twitter users: let us edit tweets
twitter: we made everything round
users: edit button
twitter: everyone is allowed to be twice as annoying.”

There is even a belief that all Twitter is doing is giving Twitter “trolls” and “Nazis” the capability to be more offensive and annoying.

“Me: I wish Twitter would ban all these idiot Nazis.
Twitter: But how do you feel about VERBOSE Nazis?” said another disgruntled Twitter user.

Twitter officials are still currently testing the 280 character tweet venture, and say we might just see this change happen within the next few months, whether we like it or not.

 

 

 

 

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