Twitter experiments with tweets longer than 140 characters

Brevity is the soul of wit, but to Twitter it depends on what language you’re typing.

The San Francisco tech firm said Tuesday it’s testing 280-character tweets, which is double the character limit currently allowed for tweets.

The longer character limit won’t apply to Chinese, Japanese and Korean, languages that allow users to convey more information in fewer characters.

Most Japanese tweets are are 15 characters while most English Tweets are 34 characters, the company discovered through research.

“Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English, but it is not for those Tweeting in Japanese,” wrote Aliza Rosen, Twitter’s product manager and Ikuhiro Ihara, Twitter’s senior software engineer.

The company said it’s testing this longer character limit for a small group of people, but did not specify how many.

“Twitter is about brevity. It’s what makes it such a great way to see what’s happening. Tweets get right to the point with the information or thoughts that matter. That is something we will never change,” Rosen and Ihara wrote.

Twitter has 328 million monthly active users. And not everyone was happy with the possible change.

Some users even noted that Dorsey’s tweet could have been shorter.

Photo Credit: The Twitter building is photographed Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)




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