The best and worst uses of Twitter's new 280-character limit

This was a massive shake-up in the Twitter-verse, as users have always been subjected to work within the confining 140 character limit. Previously, you could only use up to 20 characters, which, admittedly, is quite short for some names.

Twitter announced on Tuesday 7 November 2017 that the platform would double the limit for tweets from 140 to 280 characters.

According to Rozen, during the first few days of the test, many people maxed out the 280 character limit because it was new and novel, but soon after, behavior normalized. Twitter reports that it found more people were more satisfied when they could use more characters - it's like ice cream that way... The main qualm being that the new limit defies Twitter's central draw: brevity. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing a tweet before posting and at other times, abandoning tweets altogether.

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It's also used for logging in, replies, and Direct Messages while display name is a personal identifier (like a real name) displayed in profile page and used to identify a user. Many complained that people were unnecessarily clogging up timelines with a glut of spaces and unnecessary punctuation and letters.

Since Twitter has such a large number of more profound issues, it's getting a considerable measure of fire for presenting features that appear to be inconsequential in comparison.

With the new announcements, Twitter users can now have display name up to 50 characters long while username (or @handle) can be up to 15 characters long.

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