Twitter announced it’s testing an expanded 280-character limit for select languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, to allow users to share their thoughts without running out of room in the tweet. Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are excluded from this test because these languages generally require fewer characters to express the same thoughts. Expanded tweets are currently being tested with “a small group of people” before Twitter decides to expand it more broadly.
TechCrunch reports that Twitter also updated the user interface such that it will no longer count down the characters until you near the end of a tweet. “Instead, a circle will fill in as you approach the limit, and you won’t know how many characters you have left until only 20 remain or 10 for Japanese, Chinese and Korean language users.”
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