Twitter doubles its character limit—and users aren’t pleased

The platform overlords hope its new tweet size can attract more users and better balance messages across languages, but many users worry it’ll destroy brevity.

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Your tweets might soon become longer, though many say that’s not a positive change.

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it was affording selected users a character limit of 280—double what users currently have:

Can’t fit your Tweet into 140 characters? 🤔

We’re trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up. 👇

— Twitter (@Twitter) September 26, 2017

Jack Dorsey, a Twitter co-founder and its chief executive, also tweeted the news:

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!

— jack (@jack) September 6, 2017

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