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Twitter Went To 280 Characters, And Things Got Out Of Hand

So. Many. Characters.

Tom Williamsby Tom Williams

It finally happened — Twitter increased its character limit from 140 to 280 characters per tweet, and the world hasn’t been the same since.

After first testing the increased character limit back in September, the feature is rolling out to all users starting today, and some have already taken FULL advantage.

While some users weren’t immediately fans of the new 280 limit…

https://twitter.com/boy_from_school/status/928049234732912640

… others used it to make important statements to the world:

But most people just had way too much fun with it…

…but not everyone got the update right away:

Or even got the joke…

Here’s how Twitter explains the reason for the increased character limit:

“Historically, 9% of Tweets in English hit the character limit. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a Tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning Tweets before sending. With the expanded character count, this problem was massively reduced – that number dropped to only 1% of Tweets running up against the limit.

“Since we saw Tweets hit the character limit less often, we believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer. This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before.”

Now get out there and enjoy your new-found Tweetdom.