Just as you’re finally mastering the art of squeezing your business’s message into a 140-character tweet, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) goes ahead and changes it, sending the Twittersphere into disarray!
Twitter Testing 280 Character Tweets
After much speculation and hesitation, Twitter is currently testing an increase to its renowned 140-character limit. Some users are able to compose 280 character tweets. That’s like two tweets in one.
Only select users are being given access to the trial extended tweet length. Look at what one Irish pub decided to do when it got access to 280 characters:
#280characters worth of our 1/2 off Whiskeys we have every Wednesday after 7pm:
? Angel’s Envy
? Barrell Bourbon
? Basil Haydens
? Blade & Bow
? Buffalo Trace
? Colonel EH Taylor
? Eagle Rare
? 200+ more!
— de Vere’s Irish Pub (@deverespub) September 27, 2017
Incorporating Twitter into a marketing agenda has long been an important strategy for small businesses. Posting succinct tweets is a powerful way for businesses to gain engagement, brand recognition and organic growth.
Small businesses on tight budgets take advantage of this powerful marketing tool to broaden their reach and increase brand appeal.
If this change takes hold for all users, businesses will have a bit more room to expand their messages on Twitter. It’s also likely to cause small businesses to rethink the messages they currently send out.
Aliza Rosen, Product Manager at Twitter, noted the reasons behind Twitter’s character extension roll out.
“We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean)”, Rosen said on the Twitter blog.
Naturally, #280characters has been trending high on Twitter and there have been mixed reactions to the 280-character rollout.
Reading a thread of 20 tweets with #280characters will now look like this. pic.twitter.com/nXTgtlcfxd
— ? King Absolute ? (@KingAbsolute_) September 27, 2017
Instead of #280characters I’d take:
– AN EDIT BUTTON
– More than four pics
– AN EDIT BUTTON
– More than four poll choices
– AN EDIT BUTTON
— Calev (@_calev) September 27, 2017
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted about the responses he’s received since announcing this partial rollout:
We expected (and ??!) all the snark & critique for #280characters. Comes with the job. What matters now is we clearly show why this change is important, and prove to you all it’s better. Give us some time to learn and confirm (or challenge!) our ideas. https://t.co/qJrzzIluMw
— jack (@jack) September 27, 2017
Recognizing the restrictions of the brevity of its posts, Twitter has, for years, been gradually reducing its restrictions. Last year, for example, Twitter stopped including images and retweets as part of the limit.
Embrace or oppose the character extension, by increasing the number of characters available to use, businesses will certainly get more ‘room for maneuver’ when expressing their messages on this social media site.
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Edit button on twitter, I second the motion. lol I think it’s one that makes twitter a little bit different from the other social networking sites. However, it limits the user option because you have to delete your old tweet again (in case there are grammatical errors) and you have to tweet it all over again. I say, it will end the hassle and will save a lot of time if we have an EDIT button. With regards the 280 characters, well, let’s see how it goes. 🙂
I guess the time has come for longer updates. I am not too sure how this will go but if they will really implement it, we will see.