Last year Twitter executive Jack Dorsey announced that the character limit would stay at 140 and there is no chance of further relaxation of the character count limit. But recently, it was reported that company might be taking back those announcements. On Tuesday, Twitter informed that they are testing a feature which includes allowing some users to double the number of characters that is currently allowed in a tweet.
280-character limit in testing phase
The 280-character limit would be available for a small group of people connected to the site. The company has denied commenting anything about its procedure of selection of people for using 280 character limit. Also, it declined to comment about why its changed its mind about the current 140-character limit. But product manager Aliza Rosen and senior software engineer Ikuhiro Ihara informed through a company blog post that the team started looking into the 140-character limit restrictions after they noticed differences among languages.
Some languages get more expression from fewer characters
They said that some languages like Chinese, Japanese and Korean allowed greater expressions through fewer characters. Through their analysis, they got to know that a small percent of tweets sent in Japanese have 140 characters (only 0.4%). But in English, a much higher percentage of tweets have 140 characters (9%). Most Japanese tweets are 15 characters while most English tweets are 34. But the 280-character test will be done for all languages except Chinese Japanese and Korean. But many Twitter users from other languages comprehensively use workarounds to bypass the 140-character limit.
Twitter itself used workarounds this Tuesday morning while addressing about why it did not suspend President Trump from its platform. It’s quite surprising that, Twitter is revisiting such a vital part of its network because earlier it had announced that the 140 character limit is full and final and there is no chance of increasing the limit in near future. The blog post on Twitter said that they are quite confident about their research and the positive impact of this new change, But still, they want to first try it out with a very small group of people and then they will decide about launching it for everyone. The company understood the long emotional attachment of the Twitter users with the 140 characters but still, they feel that the new 240-character limit is more powerful and instantly fell in love with it.
Year by year, the social networking site Twitter has made many changes to improve its usability, gaining mixed responses from its users. This time, with the new change, they believe that users will have more freedom of expressing their thoughts through Twitter.