R.I.P. 140-character tweets. After beginning to test out 280-character tweets in September, Twitter is rolling out tweets with double the number of characters for (almost) all users.
The micro-blogging platform is rolling out the changes to all languages except for Korean, Chinese and Japanese. The original 140-character limit will remain intact with tweets written in those three languages because those tweets tend to be shorter, per Twitter.
“We are making this change after listening and observing a problem our global community was having—it wasn’t easy enough to tweet—studying data to understand how we could improve, trying it out and listening to your feedback,” wrote Aliza Rosen, product manager at Twitter, in a blog post.
Pithy, 140-character messages are core to Twitter’s platform; both users and marketers worry that longer tweets may water down Twitter’s communication and marketing potential. However, Rosen wrote that while there was a lot of initial excitement around longer tweets, the hype died down quickly, and people resumed to writing shorter posts. In fact, Twitter said that only 5 percent of tweets in the test had more than 140 characters, while a mere 2 percent clocked in at over than 190 characters.