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Twitter’s Increased the Limit from 140 to 280 Characters and reactions!

Twitter’s Increased the Limit from 140 to 280 Characters and reactions!

When you think about Twitter, the issues that pop up in your mind are nonstop harassmentcruel propagandas and a president threatening potential nuclear war. Twitter has proved itself to be a modern-day war arena. People get to put out their frustration and even welcome the new changes. All of it, in the 140 character limit. But, here is something new! Twitter is officially doubling its signature 140-character limit for all users. The decision has been taken following a “successful” trial run in September with select users.

So why is the company focused on doubling its character count for tweets to 280 characters from its original 140?

Twitter 140 to 280. What is it all about?

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Aliza Rosen, the Twitter product manager, wrote in a blog spot that at Twitter the change is being made after listening and observing a problem. The global community on Twitter always remarked- it wasn’t easy enough to Tweet! Twitter studied data to understand how it could improve. And here is the wonder!

Most people should automatically see the 280-character feature. If not, an update on their mobile app or refresh twitter.com on their computers. It is to be noted that people tweeting in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese will remain at the 140 character limit for now. Twitter says historically 9 percent of tweets in English hit the 140-character limit. Howsoever, the volume falls to 1 percent when 280 characters are available.

Twitter's Increased the Limit from 140 to 280 Characters and reactions!
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The move comes at an awkward time for Twitter. The Social Media honcho has been facing criticism and strain from shareholders, Congress, President Donald Trump and everyday people who use it. Among the most-discussed complaints have been concerns that the company negligently mishandled the daily harassment. It is believed that Twitter allowed propaganda on the platform that illegally influenced the 2016 presidential election.

It’s probably no surprise that the company’s user count has stalled at 330 million accounts! That’s after Twitter admitted to having overestimated user numbers for three years. Concerns about Russian interference in the US election led Congressional leaders to grill Facebook, Google and Twitter. The leaders asked for the details of how that intrusive action happened and what the tech giants are doing to stop it. Fearing federal regulation, the Tech Giants have vowed to make changes.

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What is the significance of Twitter’s increased 280 Limit?

So, what do 280 characters hold significance in this regard? “The announcement could briefly divert negative attention from larger problems”, said Kelley Heider. Kelley is a crisis communications expert at SSPR, a public relations firm that often works with tech companies.

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Heider added that there are potential pitfalls to the new character count. Kelley fears if people use the greater length to post even more inflammatory tweets.

“It will be pretty interesting to see what President Trump does with it, for sure,” she said.

In the past two years, Twitter has ditched the limit when people send direct messages to one another. It’s also relaxed limitations on photos, videos and GIFs.

When the 280-character trial began, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in series of tweets that the original 140-character limit was subjective. He claimed that it was inspired by the 160-character limit for SMS messages over cell phones. “What matters now is we clearly show why this change is important, and to prove to you it’s better,” he said. “Give us some time to learn and confirm our ideas.”

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Twitter bids goodbye to ads from Russia Today and Sputnik

RTIwala TrendingTwitter has announced that it will stop taking advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik. The decision is effective immediately as US lawmakers continue to investigate the impact of foreign-sponsored fake news on the 2016 election. Company announced decision following US intelligence community’s conclusion that RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the US election.

We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter”, the company said.

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Russia’s foreign ministry vowed to retaliate. Russia says that the move flouted international and domestic laws on free speech. “We see this as an aggressive move,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “This is the result of pressure from the American establishment and intelligence services. Retaliatory measures will of course follow,” she said.

Russian Reactions on the Twitterati Action

RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, attacked the move on Twitter. “I never thought that Twitter is under the control of the US security services – it seemed like a conspiracy theory,” she was quoted as saying. “But now Twitter appears to have admitted it.”

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Russia Today called Twitter’s statement “groundless and greatly misleading” and said that it had “never pursued an agenda of influencing the US election through any platforms, including Twitter”. The company will donate the $1.9m it has received from the Russian news sources to support external research into the “use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections”.

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Twitter, Facebook, and Google have all come under pressure for their roles in propagating fake news ahead of Donald Trump’s election. The company had previously announced plans to make political advertising more transparent. Sputnik said on its website that Twitter’s move was regrettable, “especially now that Russia had vowed retaliatory measures against the US media.” It did not elaborate.

Growth of Twitter

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Growth at the social media company loved by celebrities and Trump has remained sluggish. Twitter announced it had found an error in its accounting that had overestimated the number of its users. The social media company has never had a profitable quarter but now believes it “will likely” be profitable in the fourth quarter of this year. The good news sent the company’s share price soaring over 12% in early trading. For the third quarter, Twitter had revenue of $590m, down 4% from $616m a year earlier, a fall the company blamed largely on the previously announced decision to wind down its TellApart advertising product. Twitter had 330 million monthly active users (MAUs) in the quarter ending on 30 September, up just four million from the previous quarter. In the US the number of users rose to 69 million from 68 million.

Twitter also said that it had uncovered an error in the way it has calculated the size of its user base since 2014 and has revised its estimates downward, but that the difference amounted to less than 1%.  Twitter said the error in past user estimates was caused when it wrongly counted people who logged into applications associated with the company’s Fabric software platform, which Twitter sold this year to Alphabet’s Google.

Investors and analysts have at times criticized Twitter for how it describes the size of its user base, which is a key metric for social media companies. Unlike Facebook, Twitter does not disclose how many daily active users it has. Twitter’s net loss narrowed to $21m, compared with $103m, a year earlier.

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The company has stepped up efforts to keep people hooked through live-streaming deals, including broadcasts of concerts, news, and sports. Last month, Twitter began a test of tweets that are as long as 280 characters double the existing cap, to allow people to better express themselves.

(Inputs by Gehna Kundra)