Twitter Just Doubled Its Character Count To Allow For Even More Bad Opinions
People are angry.
BY Louise McCreesh | Sep 27, 2017 | Technology
Twitter is trialling doubling its character count, and users are divided.
On Tuesday, the social media site announced it would test expanding the text limit to 280 characters, doubling the current total of 140.
"Can't fit your Tweet into 140 characters?" it asked. "We're trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280."
Can’t fit your Tweet into 140 characters? 🤔— Twitter (@Twitter) September 26, 2017
We’re trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up. 👇https://t.co/C6hjsB9nbL
The change would mean tweets will now be twice as long, and a longer word count will be trialled for certain users before a conclusive decision is reached.
In a blog post, Twitter said the goal of the trial was to eliminate the constraints of the current word limit, which its internal research proved is a significant barrier to people tweeting.
"When people don't have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people tweeting – which is awesome," it said.
"Although we feel confident about our data and the positive impact this change will have, we want to try it out with a small group of people before we make a decision to launch to everyone."
Nonetheless, the news didn't go down all too well with... Twitter users, actually, including celebrities such as Kumail Nanjiani and Westworld's Shannon Woodward.
It's remarkable how little twitter understands its own appeal. https://t.co/gm6R7ZJ6Du— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 26, 2017
"I just published my first book. You can read it on New Twitter."— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) September 26, 2017
The 280-character limit is a terrible idea. The whole beauty of Twitter is that it forces you to express your ideas concisely (1/47)— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) September 26, 2017
twitter to world: hey, why not make it a double— Melville House (@melvillehouse) September 26, 2017
world: please god no we are already incredibly fucked up
Twitter, not understanding its own product since 2006.— Daniel Heitmann (@dictvm) September 26, 2017
us: hey twitter maybe do something about the nazi’s using your platform— lexi (@hizashis) September 26, 2017
twitter: give them more space to write their racism in
Hey Twitter I'm mega glad you're giving people double the harassment capability without adding more tools to defend it thx— 🚀🕹.ashley. 📺🎙 (@AshleyEsqueda) September 26, 2017
I'm overwhelmed enough as it is. I can't handle 280 characters, Twitter.— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) September 26, 2017
Although some people are all for it:
I'm actually glad Twitter has increased the character limit to 280. Previously, there was literally no way for writing anything beyond 140— hrtbps (@hrtbps) September 26, 2017
Twitter announces an increase to 280 characters.— FᎪᎢ ᏩᎪNᎠᎪᏞF (@sofarrsogud) September 26, 2017
All around the world, punctuation marks begin to rejoice.
Twitter's increasing the tweet character limit to 280 💙💙💙— Sam Carr 🍂 (@saamcarr) September 26, 2017
From: Digital Spy