How 280 characters would've improved the most iconic tweets of our time

How 280 characters would've improved the most iconic tweets of our time

Twitter was initially limited to 140 words because at the beginning of the service people tweeted via text, which at the time had a 140-character limit.

The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. Although at first users in the experimental group were excited in the new character limit and that they started posting tweets beyond 140 characters, the effect, however, was only temporary, with tweets returning to the usual character length.

The company also found out that when they gave more room for people to insert their thoughts, it resulted to posts getting "more engagement (Likes, Retweets, @mentions), got more followers, and spent more time on Twitter".

Let's hypothesise with ten of Twitter's most iconic tweets.

Most people have been blessed with 280 characters on Twitter over the past 24 hours.

When the change was announced, many criticised it, pointing out changes they would rather see, such as a crackdown on hate crime and bots, and the introduction of a chronological timeline and edit function.

Facebook: send nudes and we'll protect you against revenge porn
If it succeeds, hopefully expect it rollout throughout the rest of the world if Facebook keeps getting government support. Facebook would then " hash " the photo, meaning create a digital fingerprint or a link to the image.

The change is part of Twitter's plan to attract new users and increase growth.

The feature has been rolled out in most languages.

Twitter, meanwhile, appears also to be banking that by freeing users from the 140-character straitjacket, its platform will gain in popularity.

Only 1% of test users' tweets in English ran into the character limit, compared to 9% previously. Those above 190 accounted for a mere 2%.

Some users have long fought for the extended tweet, claiming 140 was simply not enough to get their point across. But now, most people use Twitter through its mobile app; the 140-character limit is no longer a technical constraint but nostalgia.

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