Twitter has made an important change to the way its users would be able to use it and it’s a change that’s not going down too well with its fans. Yes, we are referring to Twitter’s decision to increase character limit to 280 instead of its current 140.
The micro-blogging tool has been toying with the idea to increase the space provided to its users for some time, including suggestions to remove any kind of character-limit but look to have settled with pushing the limit to 280 characters for now.
While not every Twitter user can avail this particular feature, those who have been selected to use it seem to be not liking the feature too much. Not for now for sure, but then we all know resistant to change we all are, anyway.
In a blog-post on Twitter, Aliza Rosen and Ikuhiro Ihara explained the rationale behind the change:
Can’t fit your Tweet into 140 characters? 🤔
We’re trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up. 👇https://t.co/C6hjsB9nbL
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 26, 2017
“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.”
But it wasn’t as if it went down well with the majority of those who were allocated that feature.
In what was one of the most brilliant retorts from an opponent of the #280Characters move, VICE senior editor Caitlin Kelly tweeted the following:
139 characters pic.twitter.com/WkfdXL8oLh
— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) September 26, 2017
The 280-character limit is a terrible idea. The whole beauty of Twitter is that it forces you to express your ideas concisely (1/47)
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) September 26, 2017
@TwopTwips @TwopTwips Practice practice using using up up all all 280 280 characters characters in in the the new new Twitter Twitter format format by by simply simply repeating repeating all all your your words words..
— Simon (@Mirthematician) September 27, 2017
Interestingly, Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO admitted he had been expecting a backlash over the changes made but requested the users to try out the feature. What now needs to be seen is if Twitter will roll back the feature over time or will they roll it out to everyone else as well.
We expected (and ❤️!) 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. https://t.co/qJrzzIluMw
— jack (@jack) September 27, 2017
What’s been your response to this move by Twitter? Good? Bad? Nonchalant?
Let us know.
Psst, if you are one of those who hasn’t been offered this new feature, here’s how you can tweak things around it:
Here's a quick TamperMonkey script that force enables 280 character tweets in the Twitter web client.https://t.co/uUhW0CKekS
— Prof. 9 (@Prof9) September 27, 2017