More room to tweet about all or nothing
TWITTER users are divided over a major change to the micro-blogging site.
The company announced last week that it was doubling the character limit for tweets, from 140 to 280 characters, to users in most languages.
Historically, 9 per cent of Tweets in English hit the character limit. Chinese, Japanese and Korean users will remain on the 140-character limit.
The increase follows a test launched in September to a small group of people, which found that while users continued to tweet less than 140 characters most of the time, 280 characters made it easier for people to tweet more often.
But some users have already complained that the changes go against the site’s key feature compared to other social media sites: brevity.
To prove the point, Daniel Sankey tweeted the phrase “This is what a 280-character tweet looks like” six times.
Chris Kennedy tweeted: “This is profoundly terrible and proves, for the hundred millionth time, the people running @Twitter have no idea how or why Twitter works”.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded by tweeting: “We expected... all the snark & critique for #280characters. Comes with the job. What matters now is we clearly show why this change is important, and prove to you all it’s better. Give us some time to learn and confirm (or challenge!) our ideas.”