Twitter trying out 280-character limit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 27) — Have you ever wanted to post a long tweet, but had to mangle your good grammar or tweet multiple replies to keep within the 140-character limit?

Twitter's new idea might just be the answer to your wishes.

The popular micro-blogging site, which has around 319 million active users worldwide as of 2016, said in a Tuesday blog post that it is trying out a 280-character limit for all languages, except Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

"In languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French," the company said.

Twitter said on the average, English tweets use more than twice as many characters as Japanese tweets.

"Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English, but it is not for those tweeting in Japanese," the company said. "Also, in all markets, when people don't have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people tweeting — which is awesome!"

Twitter said the higher character limit is only available to a small group at the moment.

"Although we feel confident about our data and the positive impact this change will have, we want to try it out with a small group of people before we make a decision to launch to everyone," the company said.

"What matters most is that this works for our community — we will be collecting data and gathering feedback along the way," Twitter added. "We're hoping fewer tweets run into the character limit, which should make it easier for everyone to tweet."