The death of brevity? Here’s how Twitter users reacted to the new 280-character limit

Twitter users have been sharing their first thoughts on the social platform’s decision to extend its character limit from 140 to 280.

In an update on Tuesday, the social media site said a trial of the feature it began with limited users in September was now being expanded worldwide.

Response was swift, and while Twitter’s arguably most famous users – President Donald Trump – was quick to take advantage of the extra characters, others weren’t so sure about the move.

A mixed reaction at best then. But that didn’t stop some strong humour and a dash of creativity from appearing in some timelines.

But a long-standing request also surfaced, with many frustrated that Twitter had overlooked the opportunity to introduce an edit button.

The expanded character limit is rolling out right now everywhere – except for in Chinese, Japanese and Korean – all languages that Twitter says are already capable of enough information being contained in 140 characters.


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