Twitter today announced the expansion of its character limit to 280 for tweets and the world is already having mixed reviews on the social media giant's move.
Earlier the limit was 140 characters and not everyone was comfortable putting out their thoughts in such limited characters which included the special characters. In its aim to address "a major cause of frustration" for many users, this move has been made, said Twitter.
Although the character limit is expanded extensively, the old limit is still in place for Korean, Japanese and Chinese language users as plenty can be said using fewer characters in these languages.
The loss-incurring social media giant is planning to make further changes to draw more users. Facebook and Instagram boast of billions of users whereas only Twitter has almost consistent users since its inception with the number not swelling up.
People are having a mixed response to the move, while some are welcoming the change saying it gives an opportunity to say things more clearly, some are demanding an edit button instead of an increase in characters; others say Twitter is becoming more like Facebook.
Here are some reactions from the tweeples:
I thought that the problem with Twitter these days is that it lacks depth.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) 27 September 2017
They obviously think that it’s length.#280characters
Twitter (140 characters): "Hey guys, I'm Vijay"— Akshar (@AksharPathak) 27 September 2017
Twitter (280 characters): "Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, poora naam. Baap ka naam Dinanath Chauhan. Maa ka naam Suhasini Chauhan. Gaon Mandwa. Umar 36 saal, 9 mahina, 8 din, aye aur yeh solva ghanta chaalu hai."
Dear Twitter,— NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) 26 September 2017
Please don't update the tweet limit to #280characters until we have a new POTUS.