Germans break internet as Twitter switches to 280 characters

Emilio Banks
November 11, 2017

For the company, the goal was to make expression in a tweet possible while ensuring they kept the speed and brevity that made Twitter, Twitter.

The company started testing the longer tweet limit with a small group of users in September.

You were previously limited to 20 characters, but now you have 50 to work with.

Yesterday, Twitter chose to give their users more room to manoeuvre after a successful pilot programme that doubled the original 140 character limit. Now it is doubling the number of characters you can use in your display name, which will potentially open things up to further abuse and, therefore, more criticism.

Twitter announced on Tuesday 7 November 2017 that the platform would double the limit for tweets from 140 to 280 characters.

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However, the move was welcomed by German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, who have had trouble fitting the full official name of their club into past tweets.

Twitterati immediately were seen trying out the expanded limit and had a different take on it.

With Twitter use on the decline, the company could really benefit from an update that gets people to use the service more often. This time though, it was just a tweet saying you can now add your middle name or a few emojis to your display name.

With the new announcements, Twitter users can now have display name up to 50 characters long while username (or @handle) can be up to 15 characters long.

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