Twitter May Double Character Limit

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If you find it difficult to squeeze your thoughts on Twitter into 140 characters...great news! The company says they are expanding tweet character limits to 280, twice the current number for "a small group" of users who tweet in languages that had trouble trying to fit everything in.

"We understand...there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters – we felt it, too," Twitter product manager, Aliza Rosen, wrote. "But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint."

At the moment, a limited number of users will be able to 'expand their thoughts,' but if all goes well, it may soon be online for all Twitter users. 

A tweet from CEO, Jack Dorsey, also shows what the new character limit looks like.

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This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence! 

Source: Twitter

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