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Twitter Trying a Bump of Character Limit From 140 to 280

Twitter Trying a Bump of Character Limit From 140 to 280
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By    |   Tuesday, 26 September 2017 06:55 PM

Twitter is letting some of its users get a little chattier — allowing posts that are twice as long as the traditional 140 character messages.

Co-founder Biz Stone tweeted out the news Tuesday.

A small percentage of the social network's 328 million users have been selected at random fire off tweets that are 280 characters long, Axios reported.

The experiment will not be with Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages, which convey more information in smaller spaces, the Sun reported.

According to Axios, Twitter found 9 percent of English tweets have 140 characters – most have around 34 characters — compared with 0.4 percent of Japanese tweets with 140 characters.

"We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we're doing something new: We're going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters," said Aliza Rosen, Twitter product manager, the Sun reported.

"In languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean) Twitter is still about brevity. It's what makes it such a great way to see what's happening. Tweets get right to the point with the information or thoughts that matter. That is something we will never change."

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