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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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Twitter down on Saturday, Users Greeted With Error Message

According to Down Detector, the outages were mostly reported along the East Coast of the US and in western Europe.

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The Twitter outage map showed very little outages on the West Coast of the US, Newsweek reported on Saturday. Pixabay

Twitter became unavailable for many users after the site stopped working at about 3.20 p.m. EST on Saturday, media reported.

According to Down Detector, the outages were mostly reported along the East Coast of the US and in western Europe. The Twitter outage map showed very little outages on the West Coast of the US, Newsweek reported on Saturday.

When users visited Twitter on Saturday, they were greeted with an error message — “something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing-we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon”, the report said.

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Around 3.40 p.m., many users reported that Twitter started working again. Pixabay

“Twitter doesn’t work on the tablet either have to do this from my phone. Won’t load my tweets but is logged into my account,” one Down Detector user wrote.

“Omg why are my twitter notifications not working,” another said.

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Twitter appeared to be down across platforms; both for iOS and android as well as desktop and third-party sites like Tweetdeck.

Around 3.40 p.m., many users reported that Twitter started working again, the report said. (IANS)

 

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