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Twitter has mixed feelings about that whole 280 characters thing

Everyone from Chrissy Teigen to weird randos has something to say.


Brianna Stone

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 27, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:02 pm CDT

Tuesday afternoon Twitter announced it would be doubling the character count from 140 to 280 for some select users. Twitter users had mixed feelings about this new update. Some were thrilled with the idea of not having to crack down on words to meet the 140-character limit, while other users thought 280 characters was way too much.

Besides several bad Games of Thrones references, Twitter users had a lot to say about wanting the ability to edit tweets after posting—to fix grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and avoiding the steps of having to delete and retweet, or suffer the consequences of having errors in your tweets. Could editing be the next big Twitter update?

Some even used their 140 characters—or 280 if they’re lucky enough—to mention the fact that the president will now have twice as many characters to tweet.

Whether you are part of the lucky—or unlucky—group that now has double the characters to say whatever you want, Twitter is using this small group of people as trial and will perhaps allow all users the 280 character limit in the future.

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*First Published: Sep 27, 2017, 4:45 pm CDT