Technology: Twitter doubles tweets to 280 characters

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:15

Twitter’s trial of a 280-character limit has been expanded to users globally, the social media site has announced.

The company announced an experiment in September to test the larger character limit to help users reduce “cramming” and better express themselves on the site.

Now the expanded limit will be rolled out to users in all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean - languages where cramming in tweets is not an issue, the company said.

Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen said: “In September, we launched a test that expanded the 140 character limit so every person around the world could express themselves easily in a Tweet.

“Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter.