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New looks come to Snapchat and Twitter in bid for more users

New looks come to Snapchat and Twitter in bid for more users

"We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they Tweeted more easily and more often", Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen said on in a blog post on Tuesday. Japanese, Korean and Chinese users will still only have 140 characters.

Twitter's character limit was created so that tweets could fit into a single text message, back when many people were using texts to receive tweets. Additionally, people who have more room to Tweet receive more engagement such as likes, and retweets, get more followers, and eventually, they spend more time on Twitter.

It now has over 50,000 retweets and 100,000 likes at the time of writing, putting it up there with the most viral tweets of it's kind.

Rosen, however, said their test results showed otherwise, saying there were actually only a few posts that had characters of more than 140 or 190. Others have said they're struggling to think of anything to fill the 280 characters.

Dorsey took to Twitter to say they ought to have communicated "faster".

Munich police, meanwhile, said that "at last" they won't need abbreviations to tweet about accidents involving forklift drivers, or Niederflurfoerderfahrzeugfuehrer.

It should be noted, however, that the new character limit would not be available for all users.

Actor Isiah Whitlock Jr., famous for his role as Clay Davis on The Wire, used the opportunity to remind Twitter of the character's famous catchphrase.

Only 5% of tweets sent from test users were longer than 140 characters.

Essentially, Twitter seemed to be saying, even if you want to stick to 140 characters in your tweets, we're going to make it hard for you.