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Twitter Officially Changes Character Limit To 280

The dreaded 140 characters is now a thing of the past!

Over the last few weeks Twitter has been running trial tests seeing if users prefer the longer character limit, after receiving positive feedback they've officially rolled out the new limit that allows double the characters. Allowing users to further express themselves.

Via Hot New Hip Hop:

"Historically, 9% of Tweets in English hit the character limit. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a Tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning Tweets before sending," the official Twitter blog writes. "With the expanded character count, this problem was massively reduced – that number dropped to only 1% of Tweets running up against the limit. Since we saw Tweets hit the character limit less often, we believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer. This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before"

Some people aren't happy with the new character limit, however most of them are using more than 140 characters while complaining.. see the irony there?

Others are ready for the next improvement.. an edit button!