Apparently those of us who speak English have a tougher time with Twitter... and the company is test-marketing a way to make it easier.
The idea? Going from 140 characters to 280.
Why? Because more of us are reaching the 140 character limit than those who Tweet in other languages. And that's probably not an accident... it's editing. (Guilty as charged.)
Can’t fit your Tweet into 140 characters? 🤔— Twitter (@Twitter) September 26, 2017
We’re trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up. 👇https://t.co/C6hjsB9nbL
But do we really need to DOUBLE the number of characters? Some Twitter users don't seem to think so--
Changing to 280 characters marks the moment we start scrolling through posts without bothering to read them, just like we do on Facebook.— Shakira Sison (@shakirasison) September 27, 2017
Sorry @Twitter, but 280 characters is a really bad idea.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 27, 2017
People are boring enough on here over 140.
literally my only talent was being able to think of tweets exactly 140 characters long. i don't know if I will be able to alter this to 280.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 26, 2017
Others are embracing the possibilities--
Imagine what we could do with 280 characters pic.twitter.com/oxyLqMF7wn— Burger King (@BurgerKing) September 27, 2017
*hears about Twitter expanding to 280 characters*— Classic Dad Moves (@ClassicDadMoves) September 27, 2017
I'm actually in the 140 character camp. It helps me focus my message. And I'm a wordy person who needs to focus!