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Donald Trump fires off first tweets under new 280 character limit

Donald Trump fires off first tweets under new 280 character limit Welcome To A World With 280-Character Tweets
Melody Ballard | 11 November, 2017, 01:46

Previously, you could only use up to 20 characters, which some found to be limiting, while some found it to be enough.

Essentially, Twitter seemed to be saying, even if you want to stick to 140 characters in your tweets, we're going to make it hard for you.

After Twitter announced it would eventually be rolling out its new 280-character limit to all users, those who had already been granted the extra space got to filling it with expanded tweets.

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The successive changes on tweet character limit and now display name indicates the company is looking to increase user engagement in new ways. Not everyone was happy about it (including a certain author of a best-selling series about wizards) but as some people have emphasized, you don't need to use all 280 characters if you don't want to. The main qualm being that the new limit defies Twitter's central draw: brevity. The 280-character limit replaced 140-character limit which was there since the beginning. But Twitter said, "Here, have some more freedom to express yourself".

While Twitter's argument is quite valid, that feature would serve the same objective in Nigeria as individuals will have more characters with which they can express themselves - even if such expression is to pile insults on other Twitter users. Probably this shouldn't have been introduced in Nigeria, maybe it should - let all the bad blood out in descriptive essays instead of writing cryptic tweets.

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