Twitter has taken a revolutionary step as it is going to increase the limit of 140 characters of a tweet to 280 characters. This luxury has been provided to only some percentage of total Twitter users across the globe. Aliza Rosen, Project Manager at Twitter, has written a blog to clear her company’s motives about increasing the character limit of tweets. According to a survey shown by Aliza 9% of total tweets in English hit the 140 characters while in some languages like Japanese, Chinese and Korean only 0.4% of tweets hit 140 characters. It happens because in these mentioned languages one can put out a lot of information with one character as compared to other languages.
Undoubtedly, this increasing limit will give Twitter users more freedom in expressing themselves and choose niche words to make their points. However, this move of Twitter might become as controversial as its previous changes have been. Changes by twitter which were controversial at First.
Rosen also added that character limit had been one of the leading causes of frustration amongst the English users, but it is not same for Japanese, Chinese or Korean users.
Twitter had given hints to extend the character limit in the past but the idea been roll-backed after the strong protest of users. Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO said that the company was giving a thought to let users have the comfort to compose multi-paragraph lengthy tweets. This idea was condemned severely by Twitter users then Dorsey announced that Twitter’s trademark 140 characters is going nowhere. By expanding character limit to 280 characters, Twitter wants to give every user an opportunity to express their thoughts with freedom without sacrificing the motive of tweets to communicate clearly in short words.