Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Twitter now gives you 50 characters for your display name

Twitter now gives you 50 characters for your display name

Twitter's bold move to expand each tweet's length from 140 to 280 characters Wednesday, November 8, sparked a lot of reactions. For the company, the goal was to make expression in a tweet possible while ensuring they kept the speed and brevity that made Twitter, Twitter. Those tweeting in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean could convey an entire thought without getting cut off. Most notable about this Twitter change truly is, by the time you get to the end of what it would have been the previous tweet, and you realize, 'Oh I shouldn't have read that, ' you're only halfway through.

"Only five per cent of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only two per cent were over 190 characters". There were lots of amusing and serious debates going on Twitter regarding its new character limit.

Twitter emphasizes that a timeline full of extra-long tweets should not be a concern following this change.

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That's an interesting way to put it, actually.

Recall that the company in September, launched a test that expanded the signatory character limit. Not everyone was happy about it (including a certain author of a best-selling series about wizards) but as some people have emphasized, you don't need to use all 280 characters if you don't want to. But Twitter said, "Here, have some more freedom to express yourself".

Twitter ultimately made this change in an effort to make it easier for people to tweet.

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