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140 or 280? Twitter’s ‘Character’ Change is Trending on Indian Social Networking Sites. Here’s Why.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, if you have been away from the world of internet then here is a breaking news for you. Twitter is slowly turning it’s 140 character limit to 280 characters.

While the buzz around this news has been nothing short of electric on social networking websites, people are much divided by this announcement, especially on the Indian social networking sites


A Big Move


While many people think that this is the biggest change that Twitter has made since its launch back in 2006. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO has a different opinion.  He called the transition “a small change, but a big move for us.”


In just one day of its announcement Twitter’s character has become a hot topic of debate on Indian social networking sites as the people are filled with their own opinions on it. Some quite serious, while many hilarious.


And, it all began with this tweet on September 27, 2017 :



The Reason Behind Change


Well, if you want to go with official version of the company, then it claims it reached the decision after its research findings revealed the character count limitation impacted those tweeting in some languages, such as English, Spanish, more than others like Japanese, and Chinese.


Twitter product manager Aliza Rozen had this to say further, ‘’ Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English, but it is not for those tweeting in Japanese.’’


To illustrate this point, Twitter used a graph to show the number of tweets that reached the threshold of 140 characters. In short, less than 1 percent of all tweets in Japanese hit 140 characters versus 9 percent in English.


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Also Read: 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Social Networking Sites


The ‘’Real’’ Reason Behind Change


If it were only that simple to believe the company’s version. Although it is one of the best social networking website in India, our attention was captured by other sources. And, according to these sources the root cause is –

”Twitter’s growth problem


  • The change comes at a time when Twitter is looking to compete with social media giants like Facebook. Also, at a time users want Twitter to do more to fight off bullies and trolls and robots that spread misinformation.




Reactions of Twitterati


It seems the twitterati has an opinion on anything, be it the release of music albums, online music, celeb affairs, and political stories.

Here are some of the reactions to the story which has become a hot topic on Indian social networking sites:







It is yet to see how users will react when this gamble by one of the best Indian social networking sites plays out. Will it change the fate of the company? Or will it further take down the bird who has flown too high?


Write your opinion in the section below. Tell us what you think of this move by Twitter.

Till next time, adios!


One comment

  1. I have mixed feelings about the doubling of allowable characters. I thought the purpose of Twitter was to get brief snippets of news out there, not long treatises that ramble on and on. There are occasional times when I wished I could have a few more characters to get my point across, and increasing it from 140 to – say, 160 or even 200 would seem to be more than enough. But 280 seems excessive, and will only allow our horrid President to vomit more of his vitriol.


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