Twitter Doubles Character Limit to 280 for (Nearly) Everyone - NBC Bay Area
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Twitter Doubles Character Limit to 280 for (Nearly) Everyone

The company says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Twitter Doubles Character Limit to 280 for (Nearly) Everyone
    Bethany Clarke/Getty Images
    A file photo of the Twitter logo.

    Twitter says it's ending its iconic 140-character limit — and giving nearly everyone 280 characters.

    Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. That's because writing in those languages uses fewer characters.

    The company says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit. People end up spending more time editing tweets or don't send them out at all. Twitter hopes that the expanded limit will get more people tweeting more, helping its lackluster user growth. Twitter has been testing the new limit for weeks and is starting to roll it out Tuesday.

    The company has been slowly easing restrictions to let people cram more characters into a tweet. It stopped counting polls, photos, videos and other things toward the limit. Even before it did so, users found creative ways to get around the limit. This includes multi-part tweets and screenshots of blocks of text.

    White Official Tells Black Woman He Belonged to Master Race

    [NATL] White Official Tells Black Woman He Belonged to Master Race

    Some Leavenworth County, Kansas, officials are calling for Commissioner Louis Klemp's resignation after he insulted a black woman who had just presented a land-use study to the commission. "I don't want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race. You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race, don't you forget that," Klemp said. 

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    Twitter's character limit was created so that tweets could fit into a single text message, back when many people were using texts to receive tweets. But now, most people use Twitter through its mobile app; the 140-character limit is no longer a technical constraint but nostalgia.