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Twitter, as a test for select number of people, has doubled the character limit on tweets. Users in different parts of the world are now seeing 280 character limit for tweets instead of 140.

“This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160-character SMS limit,” said Jack Dorsey, while announcing the update.

The decision was made after the research carried out by the social network revealed that you can convey double the information per character in languages like Korean, Japanese and Chinese than you can in languages like English, French or Spanish

“Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English, but it is not for those Tweeting in Japanese,” wrote Twitter product manager, Aliza Rosen her blogpost.

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The team also found out that only 0.4% of tweets sent in Japanese hit the 140-character limit, while a much higher percentage of tweets in English (9%) hit the limit.

Rosen acknowledged that “there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters” – “we felt it, too” – “but we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint,” she wrote.

The announcement received a mix response from Twitter users, with some arguing that the company should have introduced an editing tool or prioritized a crack down on white nationalists using the platform.

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The new change is being tested out with a small subset of 328 million users before deciding whether to launch it to everyone.

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