On November 7, 2017, Twitter, the world’s most popular online social networking service, expanded the traditional 140-character tweet limit to 280 characters to make it easier for people to fit what they are thinking into a Tweet. Despite Twitter’s new character limit of 280, tweetstorms, a series of connected tweets, remained in use. On December 12, 2017, Twitter, the micro-blogging site with 330 million monthly active users, officially introduced an easier way to Tweet a thread. The new feature called threads allows people to more easily post tweetstorms.
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Twitter introduced expanded 280-character tweets to all users on November 7.
Twitter, the micro-blogging site with 330 million monthly active users, officially expanded the traditional 140-character tweet limit to 280 characters for freer expression on November 7, 2017. The new limit rolled out to users in almost all 40 languages Twitter supports except those who tweet in Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Those languages can convey twice as much information in less space, so tweets will remain at 140 characters, Twitter said. It’s a huge change for the site, and the global community responded to the new 280-character rule positively.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet ever ten years ago on March 21.
Twitter (born ‘Twttr’) was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass. The public launch of what was to soon become the world’s most popular online social networking service happened a few months later on July 15, 2006. On March 21, 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey posted the first ever tweet, when the service was called ‘Twttr.’ He tweeted, ‘just setting up my twttr.’