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11 November 2017, 01:47 | Jermaine Blake
Germans break internet as Twitter switches to 280 characters
Earlier a profile could have a name of up to 20 characters.
Here's a roundup of the best, worst and most gratuitous uses of 280 characters on Twitter.
Yesterday afternoon, the social media platform opted to allow all users access to 280-character tweets, as the site's co-founder Biz Stonefound that - during the beta period of the past two months - those with doubly-long tweets were "more satisfied with Twitter".
Twitter announced on Friday that a person can add a display name of up to 50 characters.
"Since we saw tweets hit the character limit less often, we believe people spent less time editing their tweets in the composer", Rozen said.
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However, the move was welcomed by German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, who have had trouble fitting the full official name of their club into past tweets. Now it is doubling the number of characters you can use in yourdisplay name, which will potentially open things up to further abuse and, therefore, more criticism.
Twitterati immediately were seen trying out the expanded limit and had a different take on it.
Well now anyone and everyone can have a go at a 280-charactered tweet.
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. Meant to also allow users more freedom of expression, the change wasn't exactly well-received by most users.
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