Twitter Now Lets Us Say More Words

By Melanie Ehrenkranz on at

Twitter thinks we aren’t expressing ourselves enough, which begs the question: has it used its own service?

The company announced in a blog post on Tuesday that it’s testing out an increased character limit — 280 characters to be exact — in tweets so that “every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter.” Twitter is reportedly testing out the update on a small group of users and on “languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).”

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It’s an interesting (read: nightmarish) move, given that most people have mastered the art of cramming their mind vomit into the appropriate number of characters. But Twitter seemingly believes that users are not only craving more room to express themselves, but that they also want more content in their timelines. Ladies, that means someone can call you a cunt a whopping 70 times in one tweet, and gentleman, a tirade of 70 cucks.

“Twitter is about brevity,” the company wrote in its blog post. “It’s what makes it such a great way to see what’s happening. Tweets get right to the point with the information or thoughts that matter. That is something we will never change.”

As you scroll through your Twitter feed today—amid a sharp, echoing pain in the back of your head, as the idiocy and white supremacy whizzes by in a blur—do you find yourself wondering: Why aren’t tweets LONGER?

Here’s an idea: what if we made tweets… shorter?


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