Lots of people have expressed anguish at Twitter’s 140 character limit, so those people will be happy to know the platform is testing a new limit of 280 characters for some. The increase in characters applies to characters in all languages except for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. The company says it is trying out the new feature with a small group of users first before launching it more broadly. Opinions are already mixed with some saying the new limit will take away from Twitter, which is appealing for its brevity. (Time)
Considering I don’t even have a blue verification check on my Twitter account, I can only assume that I will not be one of the “cool kids” chosen to try out the extended 280 character limit. Therefore, I must devote at least one blog post to bitching about how stupid Twitter is for doubling their character limit. Basically, Twitter is becoming more like Facebook, which means goodbye concise wit and hello people prefacing every tweet with “I don’t usually do this, but I just needed to weigh in on (insert some topic that nobody wants to hear you weigh in on).” I can only assume that Twitter’s decision to up the character length after seeing all the rubles Facebook raked in during the 2016 Presidential Election – I guess Putin pays by the letter.
P.S. If you think that any of the world's problems can be solved in 280 characters or less, then no, I don't want to debate you.