Back in September, Twitter began testing a big change to the way its users could post on its network, bumping up the 140-character limit.
And that testing procedure has run its course, because it’s now available to everyone. Twitter announced today that it is rolling out the feature globally, which means, in due time, every single Twitter user will have access to posting 280-character tweets. However, there are some caveats to this, as Twitter already announced back in September.
For languages where “cramming is not an issue,” the 280-character limit is not necessary. That includes Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. In those countries, the 280-character limit won’t be available.
Twitter also stated that while it was initially concerned that users would simply flood Twitter with 280-character tweets “because they could,” that is not the case, based on their tests. It appears people don’t necessarily want their stream flooded by extremely long posts, even when they have the opportunity to do it themselves. The company also said that, with the 280-character tweets available to a small scope, only 9 percent of those tweets exceeded 190 characters, and only five percent were over 140 characters.
Of course, rolling out the feature to all users might mean the social network looks a bit different in the days ahead, but at least Twitter initially learned that people weren’t abusing the feature right out of the gate. (This author has already seen it abused several times, which will probably get real old, real fast.)
How do you feel about Twitter bumping up the character limit to 280? Approve of the move?