By Mike Allen
1 big thing: Twitter gives (almost) everyone longer tweets
Twitter is doubling its 140-character limit for everyone's tweets (except those in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese), Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports:
- Background: "The company began to test these longer tweets in September with a few users, though it was first rumored to be considering extending the character limit almost two years ago."
- Why it matters: "Will this fundamentally change the nature of Twitter? The character limit has been iconic and it's even led to the "tweetstorm" as a workaround for longer thoughts and ideas that can't fit in one tweet (which Twitter filed to trademark in 2015), along with other creative solutions like screen shots of longer messages."
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