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More Characters on Twitter

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Don't look now, but the tweets you see in your Twitter feed are expanding.   The company is testing 280-character tweets.  That's double the current max. 

So, could this mean the site's iconic 140-character limit for tweets may be on the way out?

Twitter's character limit is a holdover from the app's early days when tweets were sent as texts, which were limited to 160 characters.  It has since become one of the product's most defining characteristics.

Although, the signature change took some getting use to.

Twitter users have come up with all kinds of innovative ways to escape the character limit chains, from posting screenshots to tweet storms.
So why the change now? 

In a blog post Tuesday, the company tried to explain its decision, claiming that there are times the limit forces people to "remove a word that conveys an important meaning or emotion," or keeps people from tweeting altogether.

Twitter execs are hoping more space will mean more tweets.

While this is the first time Twitter has increased the number of characters users have to work with, it's not the first change to the  140-character constraint.  Twitter already made smaller tweaks to help people share more, like ensuring user-names and images don't count against the limit. 

This is just a test.  Twitter says it will collect data on how the test goes before pushing the change to all users. 

What do you think about a 280-character limit?  Tweet me @LeniseLigon.  

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