Twitter to double the character limit on posts

Condensing everything you want to say into just one 140-character tweet will soon no longer be an issue for Twitter users.

The social media platform has announced it is trialling a 280-character limit for tweets.

In a blog post, Twitter Product Manager Aliza Rosen 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).”


Following the announcement of the trial, Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey tweeted: “140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet.”

The 280-character feature is currently being trialled with a small group, and it is unknown when it will be applied to all users.