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This afternoon, the official Twitter management account excitedly stated they are "expanding the character limit!"

The new character limit applies to languages where cramming is an issue, such as English. In September, the company finally announced the plan and started giving the long-tweet superpower to some test users.

The company announced it was testing the new limit back in September "in languages impacted by cramming", which is almost all of them, save for Japanese, Chinese and Korean. There has been a wave of criticism of the move to 280 characters, with some tweeters claiming they will leave the site.

The announcement reignited the conversation about whether 280 characters was something people on Twitter wanted or needed.

The USA TODAY Trump Voter Panel, a focus group of 25 Trump voters from around the country, agreed the president's tweeting is a big reason for his troubles in the first months of his administration. However, in a blog post published on Tuesday (7 November) the company was quick to assuage its community, saying that only 5% of tweets sent by users selected for testing were longer than 140 characters and that just 2% were over 190 characters. "More space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send tweets faster than before". SMS has largely become obsolete to Twitter users as smartphone technology has advanced. Expressing an opinion in 140 characters is a skill. After awhile, we'll stop noticing long tweets in our newsfeeds (unless they keep getting bounced to the top, in case we missed them), but right now, Twitter is rubbing a lot of people the wrong way with this move.

Ultimately, Twitter's decision could lead to users growing more engaged with the service.

Users will see the change roll out over the next few days, Twitter said. Those people also got more followers, spent more time on the platform and interacted more with other users on the service, the company added.

Last quarter, Twitter reported 330 million monthly active users, up 4% from the same time past year.


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