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Twitter to roll out 280-character tweets worldwide

Twitter says it's ending its iconic 140-character limit - and giving almost everyone 280 characters. The company does not report monthly user figures. "As a result, we are now redesigning our application to make it easier to use". The Venice, California, company went public in March at $17 a share.

They found that only 5% of tweets sent by focus group participators exceeded 140 characters, and 2% were longer than 190 characters. This, he said, includes Android users, people older than 34 and what he called "rest of world" markets.

"We don't yet know how the behavior of our community will change when they begin to use our updated application", he said.

The company said the decision to expand the character count was aimed at making it "easier and faster for everyone to express themselves".

User posting in languages including Japanese, Korean and Chinese, which do not face the issue of "cramming", will continue to have a limit of 140 characters, Twitter said.

Let's hypothesise with ten of Twitter's most iconic tweets. It stopped counting polls, photos, videos and other things toward the limit.

I don't want to moan, but this morning I read a 280 character tweet which included a quote tweet of 280 characters.

While we imagine that many will use their new characters for evil rather than good, some accounts absolutely nailed their first 280 Characters tweet.

According to Rosen, 9 percent of tweets in English hit the character limit historically.



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