Twitter on Tuesday assured a big change by confirming its ongoing beta testing for increased character limits. As it turns out has started to test with character limits of 280 in place of present 140 in beta mode for real. As disclosed by senior officials of the company earlier on Tuesday, Twitter is about to expand the character limit for almost all languages. As the blog post stated, “Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English.”. “When people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting — which is awesome!”, making its stand firm on the agenda set to increase common traffic on the social junction.
It has to be compressed highly to be put up on twitter, an array of information that one wants to convey. But now, Twitter hopes to ease that burden by doubling the character limit in what it calls “languages impacted by cramming,” which includes every language except for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. These three languages have been excluded for a strong reason. As found in the analysis report by the company,9% of all tweets in English take full 140 character capacity while only 0.4% tweets in Japanese are as long. The average length of Japanese tweets is around 15 characters while an average English tweet takes around 34 characters. The reason being these languages have the power of conveying almost double in a single tweet than other major languages. Henceforth the change will roll out soon for all users pretty soon.
“We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter. When people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some time to spare, we see more people tweeting. Since many of you have been tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters — we felt it, too. But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do.” as stated by Aliza Rosen, company product manager, and Ikuhiro Ihara, senior software engineer, in a blog post on Tuesday.
It seems that most of the existing users do not seem to like the change about to be imposed. Here are some shining examples-
Let us wait for the change to roll out for common public and see how things turn out to be…