Twitter Now Has A 280 Character Limit! Here’s How To Activate It

For most active internet users Twitter needs no introduction – launched in 2006, this service was among the first ones to let us quickly and effortlessly share glimpses of our everyday lives. Twitter was quickly adopted by regular users and celebrities.

It is beloved for its straightforward interface, stability, and a wide range of features. However, there is one thing that not every Twitter user is happy about, and that’s the 140-character limit. Luckily, recently Twitter unveiled a brand new 280-character limit. Find out everything about it right now!


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1. What has changed?

For years Twitter users have pleaded with the developers to expand the character limit for tweets. In late September 2017, the developers started offering a character limit that was twice as big as the old 140-character count. Now you can finally start tweeting in full sentences, without any contractions and without the need to divide your thoughts into several tweets.

However, there’s one catch: the new functionality is currently available only for a small part of Twitter users, and the others will need to wait until the official release sometime this autumn.

2. How to get 280 characters right now?

Thanks to a tiny tweak discovered by a savvy Twitter users, you can activate the 280-character limit within minutes. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Download and install the TamperMonkey extension for your Google Chrome.
  2. Open this script in your browser, click the Raw button, and finish the installation.
  3. That’s it – now you can create 280-character tweets without waiting for Twitter to officially unveil the function!

3. Reactions to the 280-character limit

Twitter users are some of the funniest and wittiest people on the planet, so, naturally, they couldn’t stay aside from the biggest Twitter update in years. Here is what the Twitterverse had to say about the news:

Mike Bird on Twitter

Speaking as one of the small group of people who’ve been selected to test the 280 character limit, please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please change it back you dreadful people.

jonny sun on Twitter

me: i will never tweet 280 characters also me: (checking twitter every minute) why havent they given me 280 characters, ddo i not deserve it

James Poniewozik on Twitter

The 280-character limit is a terrible idea. The whole beauty of Twitter is that it forces you to express your ideas concisely (1/47)

christine teigen on Twitter

literally my only talent was being able to think of tweets exactly 140 characters long. i don’t know if I will be able to alter this to 280.

https://twitter.com/ZackBornstein/status/913041441575849986


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My name is Inna. I am a content writer with an English and literature background. As a mother of a 2-year old son, I love learning about children’s health and development, as well as finding new interesting toys and activities for my little one. I am also in love with all things tech and always keep my finger on the pulse of new smartphone and gadget releases. Another big passion of mine is beauty and makeup – every day I read about new trends in skin care and makeup and always look forward to trying them. Plus, I love pop culture, travelling, crafts, and anything that can make our daily life more thrilling!