Explaining the trial, Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen said that for some languages, 140-characters is a much more limiting factor than others, comparing English to Japanese and how the latter can convey more information in one character.
"We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we're doing something new: we're going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean)."
Right now, only a small group are able to tweet more than 140 characters, and of course, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is one of them.
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
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Written by: James Delahunty @ 27 Sep 2017 0:02