Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Twitter now gives you 50 characters for your display name

Donald Trump fires off first tweets under new 280 character limit Welcome To A World With 280-Character Tweets
Wallace Pearson | 11 November, 2017, 01:48

Either way, the doubling of Twitter's character limit led to quite a number of smart, funny, and even heartwarming tweets, and made the hashtag #280characters trend worldwide.

The company started testing the longer tweet limit with a small group of users in September.

The new change comes barely days after all Twitter users received the 280-character tweet limit support. Not everyone was happy about it (including a certain author of a best-selling series about wizards) but as some people have emphasized, you don't need to use all 280 characters if you don't want to. Previously, it was set to the 140-character limit.

The company announced the news in a tweet, and wrote, "Starting today, your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length!"

The display name is different from your username. There were lots of amusing and serious debates going on Twitter regarding its new character limit.

It's also used for logging in, replies, and Direct Messages while display name is a personal identifier (like a real name) displayed in profile page and used to identify a user.

"Only five per cent of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only two per cent were over 190 characters".

With Twitter use on the decline, the company could really benefit from an update that gets people to use the service more often.

People can now add their middle name or emojis to go along with it.

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