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Twitter is Trying Out 280-Character Tweets

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On Tuesday, a blog post on Twitter which was written by the company’s Product Manager and Senior Software Engineer announced that the social media company will try out a new format allowing users to write out 280 characters instead of the usual 140.

Interestingly, they bring up the point that some languages have had more difficulty with the character limit and completing their thoughts. “This is because 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,” they explain. In fact, nine percent of English tweets hit the limit, while only 0.4 percent of tweets in Japanese reach 140 characters.

The Verge explains that the new 280-character limit is only available to certain Twitter users as a test. But there is a workaround if you can’t wait to see if this option catches on. “Download Tampermonkey for your browser of choice (Chrome webstore link). Visit this Github repository, click the ‘raw’ button, then tell tampermonkey to ‘install’ the script (or copy and paste the code into a new script in Tampermonkey). Now visit twitter.com, make sure the script in running in Tampermonkey, then tweet away,” The Verge writes.