The days of Twitter constraining messages to 140 characters, a mark of the social network since its dispatch in 2006, might be numbered.
Twitter said on Tuesday that it would start a test with an arbitrary example of users enabling them to send tweets that are the length of 280 characters, twofold the current cap, in many languages around the globe.
The San Francisco-based company has remained by its short messages as a characterizing trademark, like chirps from a bird, which is the company logo, even as users discovered routes around the limit, for example, posting photographs of text.
In a blog entry on Tuesday, Twitter said its accentuation on brevity could never show signs of change yet that the company pondered whether individuals could express themselves effortlessly enough on the service, and pondered whether that was harming its popularity.
“Trying to cram your thoughts into a Tweet — we’ve all been there, and it’s a pain,” Twitter project manager Aliza Rosen and senior software engineer Ikuhiro Ihara said in the post.
The employees acknowledged some users may have an “emotional attachment” to the current limit.
In spite of the fact that Twitter is ubiquitous in media as a result of regular use by U.S. President Donald Trump and numerous superstars, the company has battled financially. For the second quarter, it revealed lost of $116 million US and zero growth in the quantity of users, at 328 million. Facebook has two billion users.
A higher character constrain was inspired by how individuals utilize Twitter when writing in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, the company said.
Characters in those language can regularly express more than Roman characters can, which means those users as of now, in actuality, have a higher limit. They additionally utilize Twitter all the more regularly.
“In all markets, when people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people tweeting,” the two employees wrote.
The trial of 280 characters will keep running for an unspecified number of weeks in all languages aside from Chinese, Japanese and Korean, Twitter said. The company declined to state what number of individuals would be incorporated into the test.
The 140-character restrain started from the utilization of SMS instant messages. Twitter’s founders, including CEO Jack Dorsey, needed a cutoff just beneath the SMS cap of 160 characters.