All Twitter Users Gain Access to 280-Character Tweets
Twitter today made it possible for all users of the platform to compose and publish tweets as long as 280 characters. Since its 2006 launch, Twitter has limited posts to 140 characters, though over the years it has made it possible to add content such as links, photos, and hashtags without chewing up the character count. Twitter has been testing the longer tweet length since September and says only 9% of tweets ever reach 140 characters, while just 1% reach the full 280 characters. Part of the reasoning, explained Twitter in September, is to allow some languages more opportunity for expression. For example, Japanese Twitter users are able to say more in fewer characters due to the way Japanese is written. "We expanded the 140 character limit so every person around the world could express themselves easily in a Tweet," said Aliza Rosen, Twitter product manager. "Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter. Looking at all the data, we’re excited to share we’ve achieved this goal and are rolling the change out to all languages where cramming was an issue." The change is available on Twitter.com and will eventually reach mobile and desktop apps.
Twitter @Replies No Longer Count Toward 140-Character Limit
Twitter today improved its service a little bit by cutting @replies from the character limit. Moving forward, when people reply to an individual or to a group, the @username(s) will not count toward the Tweet's 140 characters.
Twitter Unravels Thread Feature
Twitter today made it easier to publish tweet storms, or threads. The use of threads, a way to string together a series of tweets to tell a longer story, has risen in popularity over the last few years.
Twitter to Post Larger Images In Timelines
Twitter today said it is improving the multimedia experience of Twitter.com by changing how it handles images. Moving forward, Twitter will now show full image previews, rather than crop them.
Twitter Doubles Character Count to 280 for Some Users
Twitter executive Biz Stone today said the company is testing the limits of how many characters will work in a single tweet. "Originally, our constraint was 160 (limit of a text) minus username," explained Stone.
Twitter May Push Tweet Character Limit to 10,000
Twitter is planning to expand the scale of tweets far beyond the traditional 140-character limit, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company might permit regular tweets to reach 10,000 characters, which would match the current limit on the number of characters allowed within direct messages.