Twitter Goes Through With It: You're All Getting 280 Damn Characters

Twitter DOUBLES the length of tweets to 280 characters so you don't have to cram everything in 140 characters

However, Korean, Japanese and Chinese will remain at 140 characters since that apparently is not an issue.

Twitter made a decision to permanently expand its iconic 140-character restraint after users with access to the test spent more time on the platform and received more engagement, like retweets and likes, from their longer tweets.

Twitter has always been limited to 140 characters, which is a holdover from its days as an SMS service.

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"It's What's Happening" will now be happening at twice the character-count, as the social media platform Twitter finally increased the length of tweets from the original 140-characters to a doubled 280.

Nevertheless, the company is warning that Twitter users will probably use their extra characters at first. The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has been and has become part of the product's personality.

The move will give President Donald Trump, Twitter's highest profile user, more room to discuss potential policies and take aim at critics.

It's official: After a brief test last month, Twitter is raising its iconic 140-character limit to 280.

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The new character limit applies to languages where cramming is an issue, such as English.

"As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you'll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline".

The other change was that instead of the characters counting down as users type out their tweets, they now see a circle that turns blue when they start typing.

To try and get more people Tweeting, it had a cunning plan.

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Twitter also is touting the fact that people who had an expanded character limit received better engagement numbers (though notice their phrasing makes no specific references to the longer tweets themselves). "We expect to see some of this novelty effect spike again with this week's launch and expect it to resume to normal behavior soon after", the company says. "We'll continue listening and work to make Twitter easier for everyone, while making sure we keep what you love", Rosen concluded.

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