Twitter to Increase Text Limit to 280 Characters if all Goes Well in Testing

Social Media giant Twitter acknowledges that some people find it difficult to cram their thoughts into 140 characters.

“This isn’t a problem everywhere people Tweet,” Aliza Rosen, product manager for Twitter said. “This is because in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.”

Rosen said Twitter wants everyone to be able to express themselves easily, so the site is testing a longer limit of 280 characters in languages impacted by cramming.

“Although we feel confident about our data and the positive impact this change will have, we want to try it out with a small group of people before we make a decision to launch to everyone,” Rosen said. “What matters most is that this works for our community – we will be collecting data and gathering feedback along the way. We’re hoping fewer Tweets run into the character limit, which should make it easier for everyone to Tweet.”

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