So, if all goes to plan, the days of having to cram your thoughts into just 140 characters will be a thing of the past. Instead, we will all have a huge 280 characters to play around with, which should provide for more insightful and detailed posts in the future.
Speaking about the trial, Twitter said ‘We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming’, which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.
Twitter’s Aliza Rosen also had this to say, ‘Trying to cram your thoughts into a Tweet – we’ve all been there, and it’s a pain. Interestingly, this isn’t a problem everywhere people Tweet. For example, when I Tweet in English, I quickly run into the 140 character limit and have to edit my Tweet down so it fits. Sometimes, I have to remove a word that conveys an important meaning or emotion, or I don’t send my Tweet at all. But when Iku Tweets in Japanese, he doesn’t have the same problem. He finishes sharing his thought and still has room to spare.’
This is because languages, such as Japanese, Korean and Chinese able users to convey about double the amount of information in just one characters as English users can, so it is clear that this is now resulting in Twitter deciding that all worldwide users should be able to use a similar character amount, hence why the 280 character limit is now being tested.
We will keep you updated once the trial has been completed and the character increase has been made available for all users.