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Announced today, Twitter’s field of expression has expanded from a limiting 140 characters to an expanse of a massive 280 for English language users. Those who tweet, including most famously the POTUS and Sooke PocketNews, can now be more verbous.
According to today’s Twitter blog, they launched a small test for this option in September. Their findings were that brevity was still the Twitterer’s (not Twit’s) expression of choice. Only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only 2% were over 190 characters.
“During the first few days of the test many people Tweeted the full 280 limit because it was new and novel, but soon after behavior normalized (more on this below). We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they Tweeted more easily and more often. But importantly, people Tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained.”
Twitter, launched in March 2006, is an online news and social networking service allowing users to post and interact with “tweets” restricted once to 140 and now to 280 characters. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface, SMS or a mobile device app.
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