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Twitter wants to increase character limit to 280

By Sewe Ishola,

Social networking platform, Twitter is currently working on how to double its current character limit of 140.

The new update is designed for users who tweet in languages like English who have had issues trying to fit in what they are trying to say.

Languages like Korean, Chinese and Japanese are excluded from this extension as their characters allow them to say a lot with fewer characters.

Twitter Product Manager Aliza Rosen  said  noted that while they had an emotional connection to the current 140 character limit, they have tried the increase and” saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint.”

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tested out the proposed extension with this tweet below:

“This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!”

Twitter’s character limit has always been set at 140 since inception, a decision made to imitate the 160 character limit for SMS.

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