It’s official. We’re going to 280.
Some users are posting on social media that Twitter did something which user never demanded and this will have both negative and positive impact on its user engagement.
Only select users had access to the expanded character count during an initial roll out over the past month.
The company announced on Tuesday it is doubling how many characters users can cram into a tweet.
But how would 280 characters have impacted some of the most iconic tweets that this godforsaken website has ever produced? Because Twitter users for the last 11 years have been habituated to the 140-character limit, lengthier posts may not seem quite right to current users, at least not yet. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writers will keep their 140-character limit.
Most people have been blessed with 280 characters on Twitter over the past 24 hours. However, only 5% of sent tweets were longer than 140 characters.
The update was first put to the test in September. “The tendency to start small and expand has been a relentless pattern with all of these apps and platforms”, she said, citing expanding ambitions at Facebook and others. The change in length will be rolled out in most language. So Twitter chose 140 characters for the tweet, and 20 characters for the user name. It also saw that users were more willing to Tweet longer messages when they had the 280 characters available to them. On that front, we don’t have answers yet. The increased tweet limit will surely affect the readability.
Turns out, people don’t actually want it, but Twitter has made a decision to give its users the option anyway.