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Twitter testing 280-character limit, but you can use it now
Twitter is testing a much bigger limit.
For some time now, Twitter's 140 character limit has grown by ignoring things like photos, polls, quoted retweets, and usernames.
Twitter is now testing a 280 character limit, With a small group of it's user base.
Twitter has declined to say how many people are involved in this test, but did say the tests are being done in multiple languages.
In a blog post Twitter said that one .4% of all tweets in Japanese hit the 140 character limit.
Meanwhile 9% of all tweets in English hit the limit.
The post mentions how, in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, the user can express themselves more clearly using one character when compared to a user writing in a language like English or Spanish.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted one of these longer tweets, saying, this is a small change, but a big move for us.
140 was an arbitrary choice And the tweet goes on an on like that.
One Twitter user edited Dorsey's tweet to show it was possible to convey the same message, but within the old limit.
If you're not a part of these small group of testers, there is a way to get longer tweets right now.
Twitter user Prod.
9 created a Tampermonkey script for it.
Tampermonkey is a browser extension that let's you run code on websites you visit.
You download Tampermonkey then create a new script, copy and paste prop nine script and then hit Save.
When you go to Twitter.com you should have the ability to write longer tweets.
Prop nine mentions that the script stops working when you switch pages, but a refresh will fix it.
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