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Twitter announced yesterday that has doubled the character count for tweets, from 140 to 280, following a successful test in September; the move is seen as being aimed at helping Twitter moving beyond a user base that essentially has stalled at 330 million accounts.

"We are making this change after listening and observing a problem our global community was having (it wasn't easy enough to Tweet!), studying data to understand how we could improve, trying it out, and listening to your feedback," wrote Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen.
KC's View:
The good news is that this actually would seem to be in users’ best interests - Twitter says about nine percent of tweets in English hit the 140-character limit, but the volume falls to 1 percent when 280 characters are available.

The bad news is that presidential tweets now potentially are going to be twice as long … and even most Trump supporters probably think this isn’t such a good idea.