On Tuesday, Twitter declared that it has increased the limit for tweets to 280 characters. The company did so to rope in more users, along with enhancing the engagement at the social network.
Twitter wishes to give its users double the space to raise their thoughts. The initial stamp of 140-character sort of emboldened users to make brief messages.
“We’re expanding the character limit! We want it to be easier and faster for everyone to express themselves,” the site tweeted.
This massive change will be launched in most of the languages, except Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. These three languages continue to have space limitations.
Ever since Twitter’s germination 11 years ago, this is the first time the tweet character limit has been doubled.
“Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter,” product manager Aliza Rosen said in a post. “We’re excited to share we’ve achieved this goal and are rolling the change out to all languages where cramming was an issue.”
Some users worry that extended tweets may highly alter the essence of this messaging portal, which is specifically popular with journalists and politicians. However, Twitter has somewhat failed to win the mass appeal of competitors like Facebook.
People are also worried that increasing the character cap may give online trollers and abusers more space to spurt.
The co-founder Biz Stone said that longer test tweets got tended to prompt more engagement by others using the service.
“In addition to more Tweeting, people who had 280 characters received more Likes, Retweets, @mentions, Followers, and were more satisfied with Twitter. So, you’ll be getting 280 too — enjoy!” Stone further tweeted.
For the time being, a lot of users appreciated raising Twitter’s character limit. Some people have already started long strings of lightning-fast tweets, called “tweet storms.”