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The world’s most famous character limit might soon be changing. Twitter announced Tuesday that it is doubling the 140-character limit for tweets to 280 characters for a small group of users. The move is essentially a test—although Twitter isn’t calling it that—after which the company will consider doubling the limit for all users, except in China, Japan, and Korea (whose languages use fewer characters per word).

If Twitter goes through with this on a broad scale, it will amount to one of the biggest changes to its core service in the company’s 11-year history. The 140-character constraint, originally a function of limits in the text message systems on mobile phones, has served as a ruthless enforcer of brevity on the service—at least until the past year or two, when threaded, multitweet “tweetstorms” have become common. It’s not an understatement to say that the limit has shaped a new medium of communication, one built on self-contained bursts of information or opinion that appear rapid-fire in users’ feeds.

 

Source : Slate

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