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Can you believe it? You can now tweet with 280 characters!

Joy Henry

Have you ever started a tweet and it was the most amazing tweet of all time and you knew, you just knew this tweet was going viral then unfortunately you ran out of charac..

Well worry no more about tweets being cut off mid-sentence, because Twitter has granted (almost) everyone 280 extra characters.

The company says nine percent of tweets written in English usually hit the 140-character limit and most people end up spending more time editing tweets or don’t send them out at all. So, Twitter hopes that the expanded limit will get more people tweeting more, helping its lackluster user growth.

Twitter has been testing the new limit for weeks and is started to roll it out Tuesday.

Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. That’s because writing in those languages uses fewer characters.

The company has been slowly easing restrictions to let people cram more characters into a tweet. It stopped counting polls, photos, videos and other things toward the limit. Even before it did so, users found creative ways to get around the limit. This includes multi-part tweets and screenshots of blocks of text.

“We believe people spent less time editing their tweets in the composer,” said Twitter product manager Rosen. “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.”

Twitter’s character limit was created so that tweets could fit into a single text message, back when many people were using texts to receive tweets. But now, most people use Twitter through its mobile app; the 140-character limit is no longer a technical constraint but nostalgia.

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