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Goodbye 140-character limit? Twitter Doubles Character Limit to 280 for (nearly) Everybody

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

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New York, November 8, 2017 : Twitter says it’s ending its iconic 140-character limit — and giving nearly everyone 280 characters.

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 says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit. People end up spending more time editing tweets or don’t send them out at all. 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 starting to roll it out Tuesday.

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.

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. (VOA)

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Developers Can Now Access Full Twitter Archive

The micro-blogging company committed to give the developer community a unified platform with scalable access to Twitter data

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Developers can now access twitter archives. VOA
Developers can now access twitter archives. VOA
  • Now developers can access Twitter archives
  • It will help developers build a business with the micro blogging site
  • The company has launched three types of APIs

Twitter has launched “premium full-archive search endpoint”, a premium product for developers that will provide them access to the full Twitter archive, including the first tweet from its CEO Jack Dorsey in 2016.

Starting Friday, the full archive search endpoint is available in beta for the developers’ community.

Twitter is a social micro-blogging site. Wikimedia Commons
Twitter is a social micro-blogging site. Wikimedia Commons

This is the first time that this data is available outside of site’s enterprise application programming interface (API), the company said in a statement.

“Like the premium 30-day search endpoint, we want to give you greater access to Twitter history, and we want to make it easy to innovate and to grow your solution,” the micro-blogging platform added.

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The feature works similarly to the 30-day endpoint and supports more complex queries, higher rate limits and other advanced features.

It will also allow developers to experiment with the new API in a free “Sandbox” environment where they can test things with up to 50 requests per month.

Twitter has launched three types of APIs to facilitate this.
Twitter has launched three types of APIs to facilitate this.

Users can visit “Subscriptions” in their developer accounts to manage this new endpoint.

Last year, the site laid out a vision for its API platform and published a public roadmap.

The micro-blogging company committed to give the developer community a unified platform with scalable access to the site’s data and more predictability so that they can build businesses with Twitter.

The company launched a third type of API — premium APIs — to bridge two types of access to Twitter data.

Also Read: Twitter introduces fast and data-friendly ‘Twitter Lite’ in India with Vodafone as its first global launch partner

This will help Twitter build business with developers and vice-versa. VOA
This will help Twitter build business with developers and vice-versa. VOA

The “premium APIs” can serve as “standard (free and public) APIs” that provide basic query functionality and foundational access to Twitter data and “enterprise APIs” (subscription-based), which deliver real-time and historical data to power businesses at scale. IANS

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