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Short Tutorial/FAQ – Is It True Twitter Is Doubling Its Character Limit?

Download Graphics to View Question: I recently heard Twitter is doubling its character limit from 140 to 280. I thought the whole point of Twitter was the brief format. What's the story?

Answer: Twitter is currently testing a 280-character limit with a small group of users. The company's reason for increasing the limit is giving people more room to express their thoughts, responding to user frustration over the limited space. Some languages, such as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean contain more ideas within one character, so the limit for those languages will not change. Meanwhile, those who write in other languages (such as English) might welcome a bit more breathing room for their thoughts; the company is hoping the increase will translate to more tweets.

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