Twitter expands character cap to 280

Twitter expands character cap to 280

Twitter expands character cap to 280

Throw more letters. It has just recently doubled the amount of characters you can type into a tweet, which isn't exactly doing it any favors.

The company started testing the longer tweet limit with a small group of users in September. The 280-character limit replaced 140-character limit which was there since the beginning. Oh, and now, Twitter is allowing users to have 50 characters on their display.

The Twitter account for popular crime drama Law And Order: SVU used their first 280 character tweet the only way they really could.

Yesterday, Twitter made a decision to give their users more room to manoeuvre after a successful pilot programme that doubled the original 140 character limit. Not everyone was happy about it (including a certain author of a best-selling series about wizards) but as some people have emphasized, you don't need to use all 280 characters if you don't want to.

However, the move was welcomed by German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, who have had trouble fitting the full official name of their club into past tweets. Display names can now be up to 50 characters in length - usernames, unfortunately, remain unchanged.

But with the expanded character count, this problem was massively reduced - that number dropped to only 1% of Tweets running up against the limit.

Meanwhile, Twitter after expanding the limit said that it was done to address the cramming issue.

Well now anyone and everyone can have a go at a 280-charactered tweet.

"In case you didn't know it yet, you can change the name that people see in your tweets and profile on a whim, while keeping your "@username" constant.

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