Twitter officially doubles the character limit to 280 for all users

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The company said 9 percent of English letter tweets hit the 140 character limit, which leads to more people editing their tweets or not sending them at all.

This afternoon, the official Twitter management account excitedly stated they are "expanding the character limit!"

In September, we launched a test that expanded the 140 character limit so every person around the world could express themselves easily in a Tweet. Others just want an edit button already.

Twitter's 140-character tweets have been a part of the site since it launched in 2006, helping the company to set itself apart from other social networks.

'Many people live in foreign countries or travel regularly, ' explained Twitter product designer Josh Wilburne in a blog post. In its current form, Twitter has proved cumbersome for new users, yet each time the company tries to change an important feature, heavy users complain.

"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".

Of course, the change means America's highest-profile Twitter user, President Trump, will have more space.

The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. Twitter cofounder Biz Stone had said the prolific Twitter user was not in the test group. According to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, this is a small change, but a big move for them.

What's more, users with access to 280-character tweets ultimately spent more time on the service - a metric that should make investors happy.

Though neither user has offered any details on the exact method they used to send out this monster tweet, some have speculated that the use of certain URL suffixes (such as.cc) is what allowed for the exploit.

The 140-character length wasn't a random choice: Twitter's founders wanted tweets to fit in a text message, which can only hold 160 characters.

Twitter recently updated its rules to be more explicit in its definitions and policies towards harassment, threats, and adult content.

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