Trump touts Twitter's new character limit
US President Donald Trump is among the high profile users to take advantage of a new 280-character limit on Twitter, after the company doubled the length of messages allowed on the messaging platform.
The previous limit of 140 characters, which had existed since Twitter was launched in 2006, had led to "cramming" in most languages, meaning users had to edit or even leave out words to make their messages fit, the company said in a blog post.
Trump, who often has posted messages across multiple tweets, wrote longer single-message updates from his current tour of Asia.Powerful winds raise California fire risk
"Getting ready to make a major speech to the National Assembly here in South Korea, then will be headed to China where I very much look forward to meeting with President Xi who is just off his great political victory," Trump said in his first post-140-limit tweet, using 216 characters.
CNN news anchor Jake Tapper, meanwhile, used his newfound Twitter freedom to post excerpts from books including the Bible, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and Herman Melville's Moby Dick.
Twitter started testing the 280-character length two months ago with a small number of people and found that while most initially embraced longer tweets, they later returned to using fewer characters, product manager Aliza Rosen wrote in Twitter's blog post.Germany cuts its migration to 200,000
"We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they tweeted more easily and more often," Rosen said. "But importantly, people tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained."
Japanese-, Korean- and Chinese-language tweets will continue to have the 140-character limit because research found that cramming is not a problem in those languages, the company said.