Roll out the drums. Blow the trumpets. Finally, you can express yourself better and say more in each tweet as Twitter increases character limit above 140 count.
Twitter increases character limit above 140
Social networking service, Twitter, has announced an increase in its character limit for English users (as well as others tweeting in most of the world’s languages) from 140 to 280. Japanese, Chinese, and Korean language users will not be getting an increase. Twitter says, “This is because in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages”.
Personally, I think this increase is a good move. Do you know how many times I have to look for which words to butcher in order to complete my thoughts in one tweet? And sometimes leave typos in the tweet when I am done because I forgot to change a tense I had used earlier? And then I do not see the typo till 24 hours later? Hopefully, this puts an end to that.
Maybe also we can get some respite from some of those annoying abbreviations that we are constantly subjected to on Twitter. Something tells me not to hold my breath for that. Tweeps who are used to communicating like that are not likely to change now, after all, they communicate that way on WhatsApp and Facebook, both of which do not have those limits.
Just a thought: Do you think Twitter helped murder proper English usage? LOL.
You may not get the increased character limit right away. It is being rolled out in phases, but it will get to you soon enough. Will this change how you use Twitter? Do you think this is a good development? Or do you think that twitter is gradually inching its way towards becoming like other social networking platforms?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.