trials new 280-character tweet limit - 27th September
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is trialling a new 280-character limit on tweets.
networking giant believes the current 140-character
limit means some users find it hard to express themselves
in languages such as English and Spanish.
0.4% of tweets sent in Japanese have 140 characters,
compared to 9% of English tweets, the company said.
is due to languages like Japanese and Chinese being
able to convey more in one character, it added.
new feature will be available in all languages except
Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
trial is being rolled out to a small percentage of
Twitter's 328 million monthly users.
product manager Aliza Rosen said: 'We want every person
around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter,
so we're doing something new: we're going to try out
a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted
Rosen stressed that Twitter was still about brevity,
adding: 'It's what makes it such a great way to see
get right to the point with the information or thoughts
that matter. That is something we will never change.'
this year, the social media site removed character
limits from Direct Messages sent privately between
also stopped counting images and other media attached
to tweets as part of the character limit in an attempt
to improve the service.