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Twitter says that just 5 percent of tweets sent by users in the test group were longer than the traditional 140-character limit.
Twitter said today that it has started testing 280-character tweets, doubling the previous character limit, in an effort to help users be more expressive.
“Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English,” the company said in a blog post.
The rationale for excluding those languages is that users can fit more thoughts into fewer characters given the nature of their written language.
The average length of a tweet in Japanese is 15 characters, and only 0.4 percent of tweets hit the 140-character limit, Twitter says.