By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Twitter has hinted that it might be extending its character limit to 280 (double its current limit) in a recent tweet.
Twitter Product Manager Aliza Rosen wrote about the extension:
“We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters – we felt it, too. But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint.”
The new update is made for users who tweet in languages like English who have had issues trying to fit in what they are trying to say.
Languages like Korean, Chinese and Japanese are excluded from this extension as their characters allow them to say a lot with fewer characters.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tested out the proposed extension with this tweet below:
Twitter’s character limit has always been set at 140 since inception, a decision made to imitate the 160 character limit for SMS.