Twitter is arguably the most popular micro-blogging site in the world. While it doesn't have the same number of active users like Facebook or Instagram, Twitter still appeals to a niche population.
That being said, some users find it difficult to express their thoughts in just 140 characters. Interestingly, this isn't a problem everywhere people Tweet. For example, those who tweet in English may face this problem, but for Japanese users 140 characters are sufficient.
This is because in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.
Well, since the folks at Twitter want every person to easily express themselves on the social media platform, they are trying out a longer limit, 280 characters. However, this longer limit not available to users tweeting in languages including Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
Also, only a small group of people can access this new feature. If you are wondering why Japanese, Chinese and Korean users are allowed to use more than 140 characters, here's why.
Twitter had noticed that a small percent of Tweets sent in Japanese have 140 characters (only 0.4%). Whereas, in English, a much higher percentage of Tweets have 140 characters (9%). Most Japanese Tweets are 15 characters while most English Tweets are 34.
Their research shows us that the character limit is a headache for people Tweeting in English, but it is not for those Tweeting in Japanese.
Moving on, Twitter has also mentioned in a blog post, "Although we feel confident about our data and the positive impact this change will have, we want to try it out with a small group of people before we make a decision to launch to everyone."
So it may be a while before Twitter officially introduces the new character limit for tweets.