Ever since it started off, Twitter was known for being a platform where thoughts could be expressed in as less as 140 characters. This made it quite unique and appealing. However, it looks like Twitter is now experimenting with the classic 140 character limit. The Twitter character limit is all set to double up and reach 280 characters soon. The company has began this experiment with a select group of users and is likely to expand it.
Twitter states that they have been working towards increasing the character limit since quite some time now. This is based on the fact that there are some languages which allow users to express more in few characters such as Korean, Japanese and Chinese. However there are some languages such as English, Spanish and French among others which require more words to express the same thing.
Keeping that in mind, the Twitter character limit for all languages except Korean, Japanese and Chinese is about to be increased to 280 characters. The company is currently testing this out with some users and is likely to roll it out for all users in the days to follow.
Twitter states that this is based on a number of researches – the company also let out some facts and figures stating almost 10% of non Korean/Japanese/Chinese language users usually run out of the 140 character Twitter character limit while this happens to only 0.4% of users in the aforementioned languages.
Finally, Twitter states that while this change to the Twitter Character Limit might be something people are emotionally attached to, they realize this is indeed the time to change. Interestingly this is not the first time the company has planned to increase the Twitter character limit as there was a point of time when up to 10,000 characters were being considered. Stay tuned with us for more updates.