Twitter To Change How It Counts Its Tweets Starting September 19

Now You Can Write a 240 Character Tweet Instead of 140 Character as the New Twitter Update Rolls Out

Twitter has moved on from 140 characters to 240, leaving its users more room to tweet.

However, this won’t be applicable to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can pass on more data in a solitary character.

The move takes after a trial among a small gathering of users which began in September in light of feedback that it was sufficiently difficult to tweet.

The change is a piece of Twitter’s intend to draw in new users and better its development.

Amid the test, just 5% of tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and just of the tweets 2% more than 190, the online networking webpage said in a blog entry.

But the individuals who used the more extended tweets, got more followers, greater engagement and invested more energy in the site, it included.

“During the first few days of the test, many people tweeted the full 280 limit because it was new and novel, but soon after behaviour normalised,” wrote Aliza Rosen, Twitter’s product manager.

“We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they tweeted more easily and more often. But importantly, people tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained.”

“This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning tweets before sending,” Ms Rosen said.

“This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning tweets before sending,” she added.

Expanding as far as possible ought not influence people’s understanding on the site, she included.

“We – and many of you – were concerned that timelines may fill up with 280-character tweets, and people with the new limit would always use up the whole space. But that didn’t happen.”

At the point when the change was reported, many condemned it, calling attention to transforms they would rather observe, for example, an option to edit their sent tweets.

The site at present has 330 million dynamic users. This contrasts with 800 million for Instagram and more than 2 billion users for Facebook.


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