How 280 characters would've improved the most iconic tweets of our time


City tweeted, "280 characters means we can now go..."

Twitter did not provide information on whether it had seen an increase in harassment on its site, due to the higher character limit.

Twitter on Tuesday confirmed that it is doubling its iconic character count for good, after a month or so of tests trying out longer tweets.

Further, it has made tweeting easy for many users who had to spend more time editing their tweets because of the 140-character limit.

Twitter says it expects a bump in larger tweets as the novelty of 280 characters hits home, but that it should level off again very quickly as it becomes the new normal.

"We - and many of you - were concerned that timelines may fill up with 280 character Tweets, and people with the new limit would always use up the whole space".

As listeners debated the move Stephen King gave this thought: "280 characters?"

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Some users were instantly skeptical - after all, they had signed up for a website whose defining features were, as its founder and CEO Jack Dorsey noted, brevity and speed. Only five percent of tweets sent during the test and only two percent exceeded their 190-character limit.

Back in September, the social media platform launched its experiment allowing users to post longer tweets, closely monitoring how often they were used and how they performed.

Perhaps more interesting than the product change itself is Twitter's speed of testing and deployment of a bold update.

The world famous writers post - using exactly 140 characters - attracted a huge response from her fans and followers including other renowned novelists.

And a few notable tweeters were not all too pleased with change. Unfortunately, not all innovations from developers can be easily accepted.

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