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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 9 December 2018

Get your tweet on: Twitter reactions to the news of 280-character limit 

Twitter unveiled a new experiment in which their 140-character limit would be raised to 280 characters

Twitter is testing a 280-character limit, doubling the current length restriction that’s been in place since the company’s founding 11 years ago. The test is being made available to a small subset of users and applies to languages other than Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Matt Rourke, File / AP photo
Twitter is testing a 280-character limit, doubling the current length restriction that’s been in place since the company’s founding 11 years ago. The test is being made available to a small subset of users and applies to languages other than Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Matt Rourke, File / AP photo

After struggling to attract new users, Twitter unveiled a new experiment in which their 140-character limit would be raised to 280 characters. Despite it only being tested out on a small group of users, it got many people in the Twitterverse talking. Here are some of the best responses to the news:

The idea of freedom, so much freedom to type out full thoughts without being cutoff by the character limit:

But also realising that to maximise the full use of all the characters would take some actual thought:

Although of course, with more characters, comes more power:

As well as more detail. Maybe too much detail.

After all, who doesn't want double the opinion with a double word count?

Actually, quite a few people, it turns out:

However, on the one hand, it turns out you can actually turn your tweet count into a game:

Or even imagine the types of Twitter feuds now:

But really, all people wanted was to be able to edit their own tweets:

Sorry folks, maybe some other day.

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