In order to give users more opportunity to express themselves, Twitter announced its 280-characters limit few weeks earlier. Following the announcement, the company introduced the beta program to a limited number of users. And now, following the testing, the company has rolled out the new limit to nearly everyone. However, the company pointed out that a small number of users actually reached the new character limit.
Following the release of the new character limit, the company has revealed that only 1 percent of the tweets has hit the upper limit compared to 9 percent of tweets with 140 characters.
While the increase in the number of characters is certainly worthwhile, the company’s decision to remove the character count has attracted a lot of criticisms from users. Although the platform previously used a simple character countdown, the option now has been replaced with an icon rather than the countdown.
Twitter said in an official statement, “During the first few days of the test many people Tweeted the full 280 limit because it was new and novel, but soon after behavior normalized. We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they Tweeted more easily and more often. But importantly, people Tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained.”
“We — and many of you — were concerned that timelines may fill up with 280 character Tweets, and people with the new limit would always use up the whole space. But that didn’t happen. Only 5 percent of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only 2 percent were over 190 characters.”
Following the initial release, a larger number of users of the platform raised concerns that the platform is giving abusers more opportunity to harass other users although Twitter is facing the problem for a long period of time. However, we will have to wait few more weeks to find out how the latest changes affect the platform.