Many of you already know Twitter has doubled its character limit, increasing it from 140 to 280, so this might not be “new” news to some of you. For those of you who didn’t know about the increase in characters, you do now!
The reactions to Twitter’s latest update have been interesting. When the update went live, I saw some pretty strong reactions on both sides. There were a LOT of complaints on Twitter about how they increased the character limit to 280, but still haven’t given us the option to edit a Tweet. In fact, one of them was so strong it could almost have been construed as a death threat … I’m not kidding!
As someone who could have benefited greatly on more than one occasion, I’ll admit an edit option would have been nice. But, on the other hand, I rather like having more characters to play with. Who knows, maybe Twitter will grace us with an edit option next! We can only hope.
It’s not that I want to start using the full 280 characters in every Tweet, but dang it’s nice to have those 4-5 extra characters I need on occasion to say what I need to say without having to get cryptic and use numbers for letters, and abbreviations that don’t always make sense. When using a social media scheduler, it’s also awesome not to always have to create an extra post just to accommodate Twitter’s limitation. And just in case I DO want, and need, to be wordy enough to use all 280 characters, I can.140 Characters or 280 Characters - to Tweet or not to Tweet?Click To Tweet
Once the dust settled, I started to notice many were taking advantage of the new limit, while others stuck to the shorter, classic Tweets of 140 characters. It’s been interesting to see what kind of impact the additional characters have on a platform where many people enjoy the brevity of conversation tidbits.
If you’re wondering what all you can do with your extra 140 characters, here’s a great article about How To Use The Best Words and Tweet Bigly on Twitter With 280 Characters, by my good friend, Dorien Morin-Van Dam of More In Media!
Can you think of any other ways to take advantage of 140 extra characters? If you do, please enlighten me!
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