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Twitter now lets (almost) everyone use 280 characters in tweets

Twitter now lets (almost) everyone use 280 characters in tweets

Back in September, Twitter began testing an expanded character limit for tweets, raising the cap from 140 characters to 280 characters for a few select users.

Twitter's latest move is a watershed moment for the publicly traded company, which posted better-than-expected earnings and revenue growth during its most recent quarter but struggled with sluggish user growth in more recent quarters.

Twitter assures its readers that 280 characters will give its users room to be even more creative. Others just want an edit button already.

According to BusinessInsider.com, Twitter chose to permanently expand its iconic 140-character restraint after users with access to the test spent more time on the platform and received more engagement, like retweets and likes, from their longer tweets.

Interestingly, Twitter said that after the novelty of tweeting more characters wore off, most people in the test stopped tweeting the full length.

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"But importantly, people Tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained". Most tweets still hover around 50 characters. The change won't apply to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages because the density of their writing allows users to say more with fewer characters. When Twitter rolled out the larger character limit, it noticed a drop in the number of tweets running against the maximum count. People end up spending more time editing tweets or don't send them out at all.

Of course, the change means America's highest-profile Twitter user, President Trump, will have more space.

The company announced on Tuesday it is doubling how many characters users can cram into a tweet. "But that didn't happen. for reference, in the timeline, Tweets with an image or poll usually take up more space than a 190 character Tweet".

"We - and many of you - were concerned that timelines may fill up with 280-character tweets, and people with the new limit would always use up the whole space".

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