Twitter today announced that it is going to "try out" a longer character limit, doubling the current 140-character limit to 280 characters.

The 280 character limit is going to be available in languages that are "impacted by cramming," aka all languages aside from Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

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Tweet with traditional 140-character limit on left, new 280-character limit on right.

According to Twitter, most tweets in English have 34 characters while most tweets in Japanese have 15 characters, and Twitter users tweeting in English hit the 140-character limit more often, which can be a "major cause of frustration."

Twitter says the new character limit is "only available to a small group" of users at the current time as it gathers data and feedback on the impact of the change. It won't roll out to all users until Twitter is sure that it "works" for the Twitter community, but Twitter is hoping 280 characters will "make it easier for everyone to Tweet."

We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters - we felt it, too. But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint. We are excited to share this today, and we will keep you posted about what we see and what comes next.

Twitter has had a 140-character limit in place since the service first launched in 2006, so a character expansion is a major change to the way Twitter works.


Before considering a character limit expansion, Twitter made several other changes to give users more room to share their thoughts. Starting in 2016, photo attachments, GIFs, polls, and other media stopped counting towards the 140-character limit, and in March, usernames no longer counted towards the limit.

Users randomly selected to be part of Twitter's beta testing group will be able to use 280 characters in their tweets starting today.

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Top Rated Comments

thegarden Avatar
62 months ago
Double Trumple
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shyam09 Avatar
62 months ago
Not that it would change anything. Idiotic and brainless twitter warriors will still post 5 part essay tweets expressing how offended they are by something.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
62 months ago
Great, we get special double episodes of As the White House Turns.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
filmantopia Avatar
62 months ago
Doubt it. The technology for 280 characters just isn't there yet.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GrumpyMom Avatar
62 months ago
My morning covfefe will now be supersized! :D
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
62 months ago

When did anyone ever recieve tweets via SMS ? :|
Huh? Since the very beginning. Twitter was built for SMS.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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