Twitter announced Tuesday afternoon that it’s experimenting with extending the standard 140-character tweet limit to 280 characters, and users were quick to express their opinions on the social media platform.
Kumail Nanjiani was among the first to offer up a critique, writing, “It’s remarkable how little Twitter understands its own appeal.”
Chrissy Teigen wasn’t too thrilled about the change either. “Literally my only talent was being able to think of tweets exactly 140 characters long. I don’t know if I will be able to alter this to 280,” she said.
literally my only talent was being able to think of tweets exactly 140 characters long. i don't know if I will be able to alter this to 280.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 26, 2017
“The Bold Type” creator Sarah Watson, however, showed why grammar enthusiasts will be a fan of the increased character count. “At least now we can put an end to this, ‘I didn’t use the Oxford comma because I ran out of characters’ bulls—,” she wrote.
“This tweet could be edited down to 140 characters and would be easier to read,” LA Times national correspondent Matt Pearce wrote in response to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s lengthy explanation of the change, while Brian Barone, a PhD student at Boston University, copy-edited Dorsey’s tweet for brevity.
This tweet could be edited down to 140 characters and would be easier to read :( https://t.co/Sf1HK3MAmu
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) September 26, 2017
Samantha Bee hinted how the experiment will affect President Donald Trump’s affinity for breaking news on Twitter. “Should be getting John Kelly’s resignation any second now,” she wrote. Brittany Van Horne, who works on Bee’s “Full Frontal,” also referenced Trump’s influence on the social media platform, while Alyssa Milano wrote, “A small group can now tweet 280 characters instead of 140. Let’s hope Trump is NOT a member of this small group.”
Should be getting John Kelly’s resignation any second now.https://t.co/mzAxm27k22
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) September 26, 2017
EVERYONE: Twitter, please, shut down the President's account before he starts a nuclear war.
TWITTER: Ok, we're hearing "more characters" https://t.co/6BpylxFdtI
— Brittany Van Horne (@_brittanyv) September 26, 2017
A small group can now tweet 280 characters instead of 140. Let's hope Trump is NOT a member of this small group. https://t.co/MNlhXFOSUW
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 26, 2017
“In the spirit of playful competition, James Cameron just increased the ‘Avatar’ sequel limit to eight,” Entertainment Weekly writer Darren Franich joked.
In the spirit of playful competition, James Cameron just increased the "Avatar" sequel limit to eight
— Darren Franich (@DarrenFranich) September 26, 2017
Comedian Joel Kim Booster pointed out two flaws with the extension. “Wow, can’t wait to get halfway through reading a tweet before giving up completely,” he wrote, following it up by saying,” Can’t wait to make twice as many typos that I won’t be able to fix.”
Wow can't wait to get halfway through reading a tweet before giving up completely. https://t.co/l5PZBDK2iO
— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) September 26, 2017
Read more reactions below:
A good third option is, besides "140" or "280" characters, would be that none of us ever tweets again and we all read and talk to each other
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) September 26, 2017
Am I one of the select few people who got 280 characters? I don't know! But perhaps the best way to find out is to keep this tweet going and
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 26, 2017
— Kermit the Frog (@KermitTheFrog) September 26, 2017
"Back in my day we only had 140 character Twitter and we had to manually create a dozen anonymous anime furry accounts to mock celebrities."
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) September 26, 2017
TWITTER—It was the worst of times, it was the most unnecessary and stupid and dumb and repetitive of times.
It was also the worst of times.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) September 26, 2017
The 280-character limit is a terrible idea. The whole beauty of Twitter is that it forces you to express your ideas concisely (1/47)
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) September 26, 2017
That feeling when you're complaining about the expanded twitter length w/ everyone else but low key hurt you weren't chosen to test run it. pic.twitter.com/FMGeKfJVU1
— hend amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 26, 2017