On September 26th Twitter announced that its main feature — the length of the tweet — will be changed. In the experiment, users can write messages up to a length of 280 characters instead of 140.
Twitter users have welcomed the innovation in bayonets. Some felt that because of this, the service will lose its identity, others complained that 280 characters are too many and difficult to read.
280 characters is basically all 7 harry potter books foh
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) September 26, 2017
my tweets next month pic.twitter.com/3dwfS122s1
— T'Manny (@mannyfidel) September 26, 2017
fitting your dumb jokes into 140 characters is the whole point of twitter. that and cyber bullying
— str8 carmilla (@jon_snow_420) September 26, 2017
literally my only talent was being able to think of tweets exactly 140 characters long. i don't know if I will be able to alter this to 280.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 26, 2017
"Twitter will allow you to use 280 characters" pic.twitter.com/MMpyD0DFRY
— けんじ 🍅「The Muggle Guy」 (@kenjoca) 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
Flash poll: What do you think of Twitter's plan to experiment with a 280 character limit? https://t.co/j7xAFXaC7Z
— WIRED (@WIRED) September 26, 2017
140 Twitter: baby shoes for sale, never worn
280 Twitter: baby shoes for sale, pink with gold "HOTTIE" slogan, never worn (unwanted gift)
— Sandra Newman (@sannewman) September 26, 2017
twitter: u get 280 characters now
tolstoy: whoa whoa that seems excessive
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) September 26, 2017
fyi I'm not reading anyone's 280 character based thread.
— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) September 26, 2017
Please keep your opinions on the 280 character limit to under 140 characters, or I won't have time to read them.
— Pundamentalism (@Pundamentalism) September 26, 2017
280 characters is a blog post not a tweet
— Pwn All The Things among the anthracite (@pwnallthethings) September 26, 2017
"280 characters" (1590) pic.twitter.com/TGk6vPBcKa
— rae paoletta (@PAYOLETTER) September 26, 2017
Twitter was criticized for the fact that it solves not the problems that really concern the user.
— Hey babe, take a Wakanda wild side… (@therealbradg) September 26, 2017
Twitter users: no Nazis or trolls, add edit tweet button, protect our privacy, don't let us get nuked
Twitter: bad tweets are now 2x longer
— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) September 26, 2017
me, dummy: twitter should do something about all the abusive nazis
you, tech genius: let's give nazis a higher character limit to work with
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) September 26, 2017
Twitter Expansion Pack review: It doubles the amount of characters, but it doesn’t solve any of the original problems in the game. 140/280
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) September 26, 2017
Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, was also criticized for the fact that he has very long written about how important it was to increase the number of characters in a tweet.
This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence! https://t.co/TuHj51MsTu
— jack (@jack) September 26, 2017
what is this? moby dick? https://t.co/1IaAA58qWE
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 26, 2017
139 characters pic.twitter.com/WkfdXL8oLh
— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) September 26, 2017