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Twitter To Try Giving Users 280 Characters — Whether They Want Them Or Not

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey demonstrated a platform’s new 280-character tweets. But many users worry that longer posts will sack a use of a particular pithiness.

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Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey demonstrated a platform’s new 280-character tweets. But many users worry that longer posts will sack a use of a particular pithiness.

Screengrab by NPR/Twitter

Since a emergence of Twitter, a amicable network has been tangible by a limit: 140 characters. But in a twitter that offering a glance of what is to come, co-founder Jack Dorsey announced that a use skeleton to examination with doubling that cap.

“This is a tiny change, though a large pierce for us. 140 was an capricious choice formed on a 160 impression SMS limit. Proud of how courteous a organisation has been in elucidate a genuine problem people have when perplexing to tweet. And during a same time progressing a brevity, speed, and essence!” he wrote — all in one supersize tweet.

But Dorsey’s missive was emblematic of precisely what many Twitter users fear about a aloft impression limit: some-more words, reduction wit.

Twitter says it’s contrast a 280-character extent with a tiny organisation of users — and that a extent will sojourn 140 characters in Japanese, Chinese and Korean. That is given tweets in those languages can already fit in a lot some-more information, as a singular impression competence paint a noun.

The association says it wants to soothe a pain of “cramming” — perplexing to get smash your ideas into a singular tweet, a routine that can engage a perfected rewriting of a twitter with increasingly fewer vowels.

Twitter’s impression extent has led to dual vital workarounds: posting a screenshot of a longer content or starting a “thread” of associated posts.

Twitter says that 9 percent of tweets in English are accurately 140 characters; in Japanese, usually 0.4 percent of tweets strike a limit. The association attack a extent is a vital source of disappointment for those tweeting in English.

Twitter’s investigate indicates that when people have some-more room to write, they twitter some-more — and that’s accurately what a association needs. In July, Twitter reported that a U.S. monthly user bottom had declined to 68 million. Shortly after going open in 2013, a company’s batch strike $69 a share. But it has been shifting given afterwards as it struggles to make money; as of Wednesday afternoon, a shares were trade during around $17.

As with other new teenager changes, users have complained that Twitter is creation fixes they don’t wish and ignoring bigger issues.

“I truly wish a association is spending as most time on combatting racism, harassment, and bots as it is on this. It doesn’t seem like it,” tweeted one user.

“We are,” replied co-founder Biz Stone. “Today we had everybody in a association join an @TwitterSafety all hands. We’ve finished a lot of progress, though some-more work to be done.”

But there are genuine concerns that in lifting a limit, a firehose that is Twitter will turn strenuous … or some-more like Facebook — that competence sound good to Twitter’s executives.

Twitter “will try anything it can to tweak it so it becomes a sorcery income era appurtenance like Facebook,” media commentator Dom Knight protests during The Guardian. “These efforts have magisterial a height so now there are ‘moments’, ‘tweets we might have missed’, a ‘explore tab’, and all a other ‘features’ that we addicts wholly ignore. But it’s always going to be a niche platform: It delivers information overload, that is usually beguiling for some of us. It can’t contest with Facebook, and shouldn’t try.”

But maybe a Twitter with longer tweets won’t be so bad.

Daisuke Furuta is a editor of BuzzFeed Japan, and he has comforting difference for tweeters shaken about a bloviated future.

“[T]his is usually how Twitter is in Japan, and we adore it usually as most as we do in a US,” he writes. “And we have usually as many waggish memes, uncanny Twitter subcultures, and large informative moments formed on tweets as we guys do.”

The some-more tweets change, a some-more tweets stay a same.

“You’ll adore it,” promises Furuta, “or during slightest you’ll usually hatred it as most as we hatred Twitter already.”