Twitter has just increased the character limit of tweets. It has doubled the 140 character limit on its portal to 280 characters. Today, the company from its official account tweeted that it will experiment with changing the character limit by doubling it and is trying it out with a few people initially. So at the moment a huge number of people are not able to use the new limit feature on Twitter. However, a Twitter user ‘Prof9’ has found out another way to get longer tweets earlier than scheduled.
Twitter clearly wants to lure people into tweeting more. Aliza Rosen and Ikuhiro Ihara, the company’s product managers, noted on an official blog that “when people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting – which is awesome!” Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone each explained the decision for the test on Twitter, in tweets that each exceeded the usual 140-character limit. Initially, just a limited group of Twitter users will see their character limits increased. There is no clarity on how many people will be included in the test, or how they are selected.
Here is a way to tweet in 280 characters rather than 140:
Step 1: Download ‘Tampermonkey’ extension on your dektop or laptop browser.
Step 2: Go to Github repository (http://gist.github.com/Prof9/c16fc4997e0ef5b22a15c43edd7f5f49). Tap on the ‘raw’ option. Ask tampermonkey to ‘install’ the script. You can also copy and paste the code into a new script in Tampermonkey itself.
Step 3: Open Twitter. Ensure that the script in running in Tampermonkey. Voila! It starts working.
This simple way to use a web client will make sure that you can use the feature on Twitter easily. Tampermoneky is basically a userscript manager. Its progra is usually harmless as it only bypasses the limit feature. The alternative is to wait for Twitter to make this feature publically available.