Trying to cram your thoughts into a Tweet – we’ve all been there, and it’s a pain.
Interestingly, this isn’t a problem everywhere people Tweet. For example, when people Tweet in English, they quickly run into the 140 character limit and have to edit their Tweet down so it fits. Sometimes, they have to remove a word that conveys an important meaning or emotion, or they don’t send my Tweet at all. But when people Tweets in Japanese, they don’t have the same problem. They finishes sharing they thought and still have room to spare. This is because in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.
Twitter wants every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so they are doing something new: Twitter is trying out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).
Although this is only available to a small group right now, we are excited to see if Twitter makes this change to the masses.