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Twitter relaxes the 140-character limit

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San Francisco - The returned Twitter boss Jack Dorsey is rebuilding the short message service in small steps. The upper limit of 140 characters remains, but users will have more of it.

In the future, Twitter users will have more of the 140 characters in a short message available for their texts. Mentioned user names as well as attached videos and pictures should no longer be included, announced Twitter on Tuesday. Until now, media content inserted alone reduced the possible length of a tweet by 24 characters. The financial service Bloomberg reported last week that Internet links should no longer be counted, but Twitter initially made no announcement.

The limitation to 140 characters comes from the first Twitter version, at that time the service was still running on an SMS basis and it was a technical limitation. After switching to a web platform, the limit remained and became Twitter's trademark. Co-founder and boss Jack Dorsey admitted that some users would like to post longer messages. He brought up the abolition of the upper limit, but then ticked off himself: "The 140 characters remain."

The new regulation should take effect in a few months, Twitter said without a specific date. "We want to inform the software developers at an early stage," said Germany boss Thomas de Buhr. “Now it's a matter of sticking to the 140 characters, but making them completely available for communication.” Further steps are not ruled out. "We test a lot and continuously develop Twitter in small steps."

Twitter is causing only slow growth in user numbers, so the share is stuck in the basement. After Dorsey returned to Twitter on a provisional basis and then as permanent boss last year, there have been a number of changes. The “favorites” asterisks, with which you can mark a tweet, have been converted into red hearts. According to Twitter, the function has been used much more frequently since then. In addition, the messages are no longer just displayed in chronological order, but are weighted by an algorithm. This function caused a lot of criticism when it was announced, but according to Twitter it switched off only two percent of users after it was introduced.

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