Twitter has finally done what people have been asking for. No, it hasn’t added an edit feature nor has it blocked the Bum in Chief otherwise known as Donald Trump.
But the 11-year-old social platform is increasing the 140 character maximum to 280 characters. For now it’s only limited to certain users who tweet in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The original reason behind limiting the characters was based on the limits of SMS messages (or texting) which is capped at 160 before it’s split into two messages.
However, changing the limits goes against Twitter’s original mantra of getting short messages out as quickly as possible to the world, and brevity was its best friend.
Many would argue that Twitter has more important updates to handle first like the rampant harassment and abuse. Like that time 45 tweeted that North Korea “won’t be around much longer” which in turn Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho claimed was a declaration of war.
For now, only a “small group of people” will get the new feature before it launches to the general public, but all users can see longer tweets and be annoyed by even longer threads on their timelines.
And just in case you can’t wait to tweet an entire paragraph, you can finesse with the TamperMonkey chrome extension.