New looks come to Snapchat and Twitter in bid for more users

10 November, 2017, 01:45 | Author: Eleanor Thompson

Many people had pointed out that 280 characters, despite what chief executive Jack Dorsey said in his own longer tweet announcing the change, just doesn't lend itself to the same focus. It's a confusing time, with most users complaining about this update, and the rest taking the absolute piss.

According to Twitter, 9% of tweets in English hit the character limits. That's 560 characters. It's basically a book.

Only select users had access to the expanded character count during an initial roll out over the past month.

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While Twitter notes that while the change is taking place for most parts of the world, there are still a few that will be sticking with the 140-character limit.

Back in September, the social media platform launched its experiment allowing users to post longer tweets, closely monitoring how often they were used and how they performed.

Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook. This was a massive shake-up in the Twitter-verse, as users have always been subjected to work within the confining 140 character limit.

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Further, it has made tweeting easy for many users who had to spend more time editing their tweets because of the 140-character limit.

Five hours later, she quoted a tweet with more than 280 characters when a Twitter user insulted her cooking skills. Now every Twitter user - from first-day users to President Donald Trump - will have twice the room to share their thoughts. Only five percent of users went above 140 characters during the test, and only 2 percent ever went north of 190 characters.

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