Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

Germans post tweet of 35000 characters

Germans post tweet of 35000 characters

Back in September, Twitter began testing an expanded character limit for tweets, raising the cap from 140 characters to 280 characters for a few select users. San Francisco-based Twitter said the new system, a major shift for the messaging platform known for its 140-character tweets, aims to address "a major cause of frustration" for many users. We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they Tweeted more easily and more often.

But even the most ardent 280-character-tweet defenders will likely agree that the ability to send out a 35,000-character tweet might be pushing the envelope just a bit. In a company blog post, Twitter Product Manager Aliza Rosen explained the new character limit would apply to all languages except for Japanese, Chinese and Korean, because those languages already allow their native speakers to convey roughly twice the amount of information in one character compared with many other languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese. The result is that users spend too much time trying to edit their tweets down, or abandon them altogether. Twitter says "cramming" is an issue that affects most languages, where certain ideas are unable to be expressed in 140 characters because of the length of some words. "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".

"People did silly (creative!) things like writing 1 character per line to make their Tweets extra large".

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Nevertheless, the company is warning that Twitter users will probably use their extra characters at first.

'It was a temporary effect and didn't last long. After awhile, we'll stop noticing long tweets in our newsfeeds (unless they keep getting bounced to the top, in case we missed them), but right now, Twitter is rubbing a lot of people the wrong way with this move. We expect to see some of this novelty effect spike again with this week's launch and expect it to resume to normal behaviour soon after'.

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