08 November, 2017
Twitter says that historically 9 per cent of tweets in English have hit the 140 character limit, indicating the user has probably had a hard time squeezing their thought into its constraints.
The company is loosening its word limit after feedback showing that those in their 280-character experimental group got more retweets, likes and followers when they got more space.
Twitter's 140-character tweets have been a part of the site since it launched in 2006, helping the company to set itself apart from other social networks.
It says during the test many people tweeted the full 280 limit because it was new and novel, but soon after this people's behaviour normalised.
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Twitter is expanding, literally.
"As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you'll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline".
In previous years, reports surfaced that Twitter was exploring increasing the character limit for tweets - reports Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey quashed by calling the 140-character limit "a attractive constraint". Only five percent of users went above 140 characters during the test, and only 2 percent ever went north of 190 characters. People did silly (creative!) things like writing just a few characters per line to make their Tweets extra large.
However, Twitter users - or, at least, a lot of them - did not sound off with the same level of enthusiasm when the news broke.
User posting in languages including Japanese, Korean and Chinese, which do not face the issue of "cramming", will continue to have a limit of 140 characters, Twitter said.
"Our goal was to make that possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter".