Back in September a new 280-character limit was announced for Twitter, although it was limited to certain developers. The new limit was important as it gave users double the characters they previously had. Twitter has now announced the new limit is rolling out across the board.
All users can now take advantage of the 280 limit, so mybe cut off wrds will not be a prblm anymore. However, there is one caveat to this roll out. Twitter has only fully released the new limit for English, Latin languages, Germany, and other European languages.
The company says Japanese, Korean, and Chinese users will not get the new limit. Twitter argues these languages are flexible enough to work in the frame of the previous 140-character limit.
“Historically, 9% of Tweets in English hit the character limit. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a Tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning Tweets before sending. With the expanded character count, this problem was massively reduced – that number dropped to only 1% of Tweets running up against the limit.” Twitter’s Aliza Rose explained.
“Since we saw Tweets hit the character limit less often, we believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer. This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before.”
Lack of Windows 10 Mobile Support
At the time of the Windows 10 expansion for the Universal Windows app, I argued Twitter’s update would come to Windows 10 Mobile. However, despite being a Universal app, it seems the limit did not come to mobile devices.
Windows 10 PC is getting the 280-character limit, but users report they are still not seeing it for mobile. This is interesting considering how many people primarily use their smartphones to tweet.
If you are a Twitter user on Windows 10 Mobile, let us know if and when the new limit appears.