LOOK: Netizens’ best use for Twitter’s 280-character count
In response to what seemed to be a very restrictive number of characters, Twitter rolled out a 280-character trial for a few users.
Reception was mixed, and might just make Twitter reconsider their decision.
There were some who thought brevity was what made tweets appealing, like Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin:
Others poked fun at people—and ultimately, themselves—for being challenged by the 140-character limit:
Some weren’t sure about what to do with twice the characters to type:
Others saw the opportunity for correct punctuation:
Some found it overwhelming:
And that there was too much to unlearn, especially for Twitter Queen Chrissy Teigen:
There were attempts to protect Twitter’s sometimes awkward and tedious thread format:
But more characters still didn’t protect users from cliffhangers:
It was pointed out that Twitter had bigger issues to fix, like cyberbullying:
Ultimately, the Filipino language benefits the most with the new format:
In a statement, the micro-blogging company said that the update is for English-speaking users since words in English were too long to fit into a tweet.
“We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters – we felt it, too. But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint,” the statement read. JB
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