Twitter to roll out 280-character tweets worldwide

Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) users across the world are now able to express themselves with more characters.

While we imagine that many will use their new characters for evil rather than good, some accounts absolutely nailed their first 280 Characters tweet. People end up spending more time editing tweets or don't send them out at all. Product manager Aliza Rosen says that with the 140-character limit, 9 percent of tweets would hit the limit, with no characters to spare.

And Snapchat, long an app popular with young people, will undergo a revamp to make itself easier to use, in the hopes it can attract a wider audience.

Twitter says its research shows us that the 140 character limit was a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English, but not in Japanese.

It shouldn't be a surprise that even a company built on language limitations has relaxed them, said Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. The shortness was the site's unique selling point, the Harry Potter author said, and it has now managed to undo that.

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Note that Twitter is increasing the character limit for most, but not all, languages.

The company has been slowly easing restrictions to let people cram more characters into a tweet. Only five percent of users went above 140 characters during the test, and only 2 percent ever went north of 190 characters.

Back in September, the social media platform launched its experiment allowing users to post longer tweets, closely monitoring how often they were used and how they performed. On that front, we don't have answers yet.

As listeners debated the move Stephen King gave this thought: "280 characters?" And, in the end, that's really what matters to Twitter.

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