More room to tweet about all or noth­ing

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - TRENDING LIFE -

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.”

Twit­ter co-founder Jack Dorsey. PHOTO: MARK LENNIHAN

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