Twitter has been tossing the idea around of doubling up the character space for their users. They’ve been testing the idea around since September, and the reason is because they think their users are having trouble getting their ideas published within 140-characters, and they’re spending too much time making edits.
I don’t know, man. I’m skeptical. I sometimes struggle getting my point across in <140 characters, but I like the small amount of space. Short, sweet, and to the point, ya know?! Plus, Twitter posts aren’t usually big enough for big political rants. Just the way I like it.
The 140-character length wasn’t a random choice: Twitter’s founders wanted tweets to fit in a text message, which can only hold 160 characters. So Twitter chose 140 characters for the tweet, and 20 characters for the user name.
During the 280-character test, some users argued Twitter should focus less on the length of the tweets and more on the content. The platform continues to be rife with harassment and abuse, despite the company’s efforts to better police it.
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