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  • Writer's pictureDamian Burgess

Twitter goes all buff with #Twitter280

It's the biggest change to Twitter in 10 years!! It was always going to happen, after allowing images to be added to tweets 'for Free' earlier in the year and not be part of the 140 character limit, the extension to 280 characters is here for a few users and the reaction hasn't been all positive.

We have had the ability to Tweet with 280 characters, and as well as being able to add more to the conversation we don't see much wrong with it, but as a wise man once said "if it ain't broke, why fix it?"Twitter said "Trying to cram your thoughts into a Tweet – we’ve all been there, and it’s a pain.

Interestingly, this isn't a problem everywhere people Tweet. For example, when I (Aliza) Tweet in English, I quickly run into the 140 character limit and have to edit my Tweet down so it fits. Sometimes, I have to remove a word that conveys an important meaning or emotion, or I don’t send my Tweet at all. But when Iku Tweets in Japanese, he doesn’t have the same problem. He finishes sharing his thought and still has room to spare. This is because in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we're doing something new: we're going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).

What do you think of the change? Is the change really that bad?

Here's one of our tweets using 270 odd characters... an image, a link, some text and emojis.

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