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Twitter to expand 280-character tweets



Twitter's trial of a 280-character tweet limit is to be universally expanded, the social media network has announced, according to media reports.

The move comes after a limited experiment which began in September to see if a larger character count reduced "cramming" and led to users better expressing themselves.

Twitter has limited its users to 140 characters per tweet since its launch in 2006. The expanded limit will be rolled out to users in all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean – where cramming is not an issue because those scripts can convey more information in a single character.

Twitter has about 330 million monthly active users around the world.