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LOOK: Netizens’ best use for Twitter’s 280-character count

/ 09:14 PM September 28, 2017

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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:


Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@JamesMartinSJ

Others poked fun at people—and ultimately, themselves—for being challenged by the 140-character limit:



Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@DannyCalidonia

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@geekontheloose

Some weren’t sure about what to do with twice the characters to type:

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@existentialcomics

Others saw the opportunity for correct punctuation:

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@itsaprilaquino

Some found it overwhelming:

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@toursuits

And that there was too much to unlearn, especially for Twitter Queen Chrissy Teigen:

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@chrissyteigen

There were attempts to protect Twitter’s sometimes awkward and tedious thread format:

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@jamesponiewozik

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@shaun505

But more characters still didn’t protect users from cliffhangers:

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@khinsider

It was pointed out that Twitter had bigger issues to fix, like cyberbullying:


Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@chriswarcraft

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@pahtch

Ultimately, the Filipino language benefits the most with the new format:

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@juan_luuu

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


Twitter aims to boost appeal with new 280-character tweet limit

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