Back in September, Twitter began experimenting with a new character limit for tweets. One of the downsides to using Twitter according to many, is the character limit placed on tweets, which has been set at 140 for some time. Following successful experimentation by a select group of testers, Twitter is doubling its tweet character limit from 140 to 240, for almost everyone. No more combining words or phrases to fit the small threshold!
The change made to “all languages where cramming was an issue” is rolling out as we speak. Twitter made the announcement on its blog yesterday, and we can confirm that the update is live for us.
Twitter is expecting the raised limit to result in slightly longer tweets, but more importantly, more tweets. Yes, Twitter discovered through market research that having the higher limit lead users to tweet more often. Perhaps the reasoning is because more of us feel like 240 characters is enough to tell a story, that we wouldn’t normally do having had a cap at 140 characters.
We’re happy about the change, are you? Let us know if you’re able to tweet with over 140 characters in the comment section, and be sure to tweet @DroidTurf and follow us on the social network for status updates on the Android ecosystem.