Twitter users respond to 280-character limit – mostly in 140 characters

Twitter’s decision to double its character limit to 280 has not been received with universal acclaim. Even – make that especially – on Twitter.

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, broke the news on Wednesday.

jack
(@jack)

This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence! https://t.co/TuHj51MsTu


September 26, 2017

Not every Twitter user will have access to the new character limit just yet. In a social divide, Twitter has selected only a small number of accounts to test the new long tweet feature. And in a matter of seconds, Twitter users inevitably took to Twitter to quip with the much wordier messages.

Caitlin Kelly
(@caitlin__kelly)

139 characters pic.twitter.com/WkfdXL8oLh


September 26, 2017

Some users toyed with the current 140-character restriction.

James Poniewozik
(@poniewozik)

The 280-character limit is a terrible idea. The whole beauty of Twitter is that it forces you to express your ideas concisely (1/47)


September 26, 2017

Michael Koziol
(@michaelkoziol)

Now that we have 280 character tweets I’m just going to quote song lyrics at length, like MSN Messenger screen names circa 2003


September 26, 2017

wes10
(@Wes10)

so blessed to have 280 characters on twitter. so moved. never taking this for granted. will always be grateful. i’d first like to thank jesu


September 27, 2017

#TakeTheKlee
(@MilesKlee)

pic.twitter.com/lW5jTXxqwM


September 27, 2017

Petra #VoteYEStarke
(@petstarr)

Oh wow you guys it seems I’m one of the small group of users to get the 280 character Twitter expansion this is just so exciting and will let me tweet much more complex thoughts and hilarious jokes so let me start by thanking Jack Dorsey and Twitter for enabling me to better shar


September 26, 2017

Ken Norton
(@kennethn)

Super excited about the move to 280 characters!

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September 27, 2017

Others imagined what fresh hell the US president might unleash.

Vicente Fox Quesada
(@VicenteFoxQue)

.@realDonaldTrump has been wrecking America 140 characters at a time. Imagine what he could do with 280 now.


September 27, 2017

dan
(@dannolan)

With 280 characters now trump can start a nuclear war and a war with the NFL in one tweet. What a time to be alive


September 26, 2017

US TV personality Chrissy Teigen suggested the 140-character limit was an emblem of a simpler time.

christine teigen
(@chrissyteigen)

literally my only talent was being able to think of tweets exactly 140 characters long. i don’t know if I will be able to alter this to 280.


September 26, 2017

Others argued that a higher character limit was the gift that nobody wanted.

Goth Ms. Frizzle
(@spookperson)

twitter: what do you guys want

everyone: get rid of the nazis and fix the report system

twitter: did I hear 280 characters


September 26, 2017

Frederick Douglass
(@HITEXECUTIVE)

Mom: Wow, our baby is carrying a knife, that seems unsafe.

Dad: What should we do?

Mom: Double the size of the knife.#280characters


September 27, 2017

Sarah Kendzior
(@sarahkendzior)

Now we’ll get 280 character death threats instead of 140 character death threats. Twitter, tackle the real problems.


September 26, 2017

Nick Baker
(@bicknaker)

Twitter users: Stop racists, stop hate crime, stop bots, we want a chronological timeline and an edit function…

Twitter: 280 characters!


September 26, 2017


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