Twitter Doubles Its Character Limit, Sparking Plenty of Criticism and Some Praise

Twitter rolled out a 280 character limit for most of its users Tuesday, and, predictably, lots of people are unhappy.

That doubles the original 140 character limit that Twitter has maintained since it launched in 2006.

Twitter announced it is doubling how many characters users can cram into a tweet on Nov. 7, 2017. (Credit: CNNMoney)

Twitter announced it is doubling how many characters users can cram into a tweet on Nov. 7, 2017. (Credit: CNNMoney)

Twitter began testing longer tweets in late September, and found that once the novelty of tweeting longer wore off, most people in the test group didn’t use all of the available characters. According to the company, only 5% of tweets sent by people in the 280-character test group were longer than 140 characters, and just 2% were over 190 characters.

Many users complained about the initial tests. Now that just about everyone’s got 280 characters to work with, more people say they’re frustrated or confused by the decision. Others are using new characters to make jokes.

Other people were curious about how the new parameters will change the way people interact on the platform.

The big question on everyone’s mind is how President Donald Trump, an avid Twitter user, will use the expanded space. The president has not yet tweeted 280 characters.