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Twitter is testing doubling the character limit to 280

Twitter announced it's testing out a new feature with a "small group" of people: a doubled character limit.

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The company says 140 characters may not be enough space for folks to express themselves. In a blog post, Twitter shared some of its product research regarding the 140 character limit. It seems nearly every language supported on Twitter — save for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean — runs up against that 140 mark time and time again.

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. … We see that a small percent of Tweets sent in Japanese have 140 characters (only 0.4%). But in English, a much higher percentage of Tweets have 140 characters (9%). … Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English, but it is not for those Tweeting in Japanese.

Before you get too excited (or incredibly frustrated) by the change, know this: Twitter has yet to roll out the feature to everyone. The company says it will be collecting data and feedback from its test group before it makes any changes.

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.

In any case, Twitter says it plans to keep everyone posted regarding this possible change in character limit, so keep your eye on that @Twitter account!

Are you looking forward to having more characters to express your thoughts (and hot takes) on Twitter or do you want the service to keep things right where they are? Give us a shout in the comments or — even better — over on Twitter!

Mikah Sargent is Senior Editor at Mobile Nations. When he's not bothering his chihuahuas, Mikah spends entirely too much time and money on home automation products. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikahsargent if you're so inclined.

64 Comments
  • Oh great so Trump can make a double ass of himself now ;)
  • He does that in 10 characters, so it really won't matter!
  • Haha I love that you said that
  • His tweets are great. He says what most people think and the media can't twist what he tweets. He has them beat at thier own game.
  • Nobody but sociopaths and racists are thinking what he's tweeting.
  • Not many are thinking what he tweets.. And you're clearly in the fish bowl.. The media doesn't twist anything. They literally play a video of him saying stupid sh*t and display his idiotic tweets.
  • Lol, thinking the same thing
  • 😂😂😂😂😂
  • Oh great now that idiot of a president has more words to put on his stupid tweet. Thanks alot Twitter
  • I'm off to get popcorn with extra butter. I'll be back. 🤣
  • Shouldn't you be out of popcorn by now?
  • That's why he's gotta go get more.
  • Costco
  • Sam's club lol
  • Team Sam's club right here!
  • Lmbo. Double up.
  • Great. Now that baboon in the white house can accidentally declare war in twice the amount of words!
  • LONG overdue.. The only bad thing is that idiot in the White House will have more space to make childish insults towards people instead of doing his job..
  • Our "tweeter in chief" now has twice as many characters to show how ignorant he is.
  • AMEN!
  • I wish he was ingorant. Then he would be just plain lazy. Unfortunately he knows exactly what he is doing.
  • Yeah, the NFL tweets made everyone forget about the fact that Trump is being investigated by a special counsel for Russian collusion.
  • No they didn't. Hate to break it to you, there is nothing coming out of the Russian investigation. No evidence whatsoever. If there was new breaking information the media would be over it.
  • Um, is that what fox is telling you?
  • Um, no , don't you think by now there would be a smoking gun? CNN and MSNBC plus the national networks have been digging for months. I am not a Trump fan as you can tell by my other comments. Nothing to see here, try something else.
  • 🎵 what does the fox say? 🎵
  • You clearly haven't been following the Russia investigation if you think nothing is coming from it.
  • (edited). Russians kidnapped voters at gunpoint outside of the voting booth?
  • First amendment is in effect. If you don't like our flag and country - leave. 👍 That goes to all NFL players... Who dont give respect to our flag and to all who perished for our flag and what it stands for... There are other ways to speak..
  • You clearly don't understand what the flag represents. Maybe you should take your own advice.
  • lol back to school ASAP
    and also, try to figure what's being "protested" first
  • First amendment applies to right to protest too dotard.
  • it was meant for the guy asking for ppl to leave :) of course , you can protest in any shape or form. regardless, the false narrative is that "flag is being protested" and ppl with narrow minds are eating it from the hands of the oppressors.
  • You actually believe these protests have anything to do with the flag?
    Try not to choke on the Trump koolaid
  • The football players aren't protesting the flag. They're protesting racial injustices.
  • I think that you are right and that scares the **** out of me.
    but mostly , he is kinda retarded and goes back and forth. last comical tweet series was about DACA :)
    I happen to know a man who went with him to Military Academy in NY. They all agreed "not a bright kid". who else says at the age of 70 "I'm like a smart person ..." his Incompetence is beyond our imagination.
  • Keep it the same, straight to the point. Beauty of Twitter. As for the Trump comments, keep them coming. He was number 17 on my list during the primary. He is a clown.
  • NO........ Keep it simple and to the point!
  • There are many times when 140 isn't enough no matter how direct you are & try to shorten.
  • Be more creative, not hard
  • " It's Gonna be YUUUUGE ! "
  • And this is the beginning of the end for Twitter. The 140 we the one thing that made y'all special and now you are giving that up. Better sell to Google while you can
  • Exactly, might as well make it unlimited like Facebook. Now I have to read more incoherent dribble by the eggs
  • Exactly.
  • It's hard to believe this company can't turn a profit. Only expenses are servers and employees, 300M users, no need to advertise, controversial President tweets every day. They do need to sell themselves to somebody.
  • They must be panicking over huge financial losses.
  • More covfefe
  • Yes, let's have some in Bowling green on our way to Nambia to spend some Rubles on both sides.
  • Great. Now Trump can be twice as petulant and idiotic.
  • Great now we have to see a whole journal for a tweet now!
  • Good. Much needed.
  • It's there product and they can do what they want but as a frequent user, nearly every change has been for the worse
  • Twitter needs to bust out some Innovative features to stay relevant. Tweets alone may not do.
  • Oh thank God! Sometimes you just need more characters to express yourself and not have to abbreviate everything...
  • Oh great, more crap from president dotard.
  • you gotta watch last South Park - Dotard tweeting. it's true , when the creators said "it's very hard to satirize Trump" :)
  • dby2011 You beat me to the that comment!
  • its a 👎 for me. Twitter is not a place for verbal diarrhoea. it's not a place for reading stories 🤔🤥
  • The limit is pointless anyway when you are allowed to post pictures.
  • Don't use twitter, so really makes no difference to me. I'm sure for those that do, they will find a way to put it to better use, or maybe not.
  • People are so unoriginal. How many of the same Trump jokes are we going to hear before talking about the actual story. I think the 140 character limitation is fine. I do think that usernames and web links should always count as one character each, though.
  • More characters and no ability to edit any of them...
  • As a stockholder it is about time Twitter - do it - now
  • This stop being news ten years ago. 140 was never enough. Period. Look at the 60 char limit for SMS.😒