Twitter Is Not Winning Fans With New 280-Character Limit, Annoying Circle Icon
By Izza Sofia, 13 Nov 2017
Twitter has rolled out 280-character tweets to all its users.
Instead of the classic 140-character limit, users will now have twice as much space to share their status updates.
The company says that it came to the decision to expand the character count because it realized the character count limitation more heavily impacted those tweeting in some languages—like English, Spanish, Portuguese or French—as compared with others, like Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
Still, there is one thing about the new Twitter that is a pain. When the platform made the jump to 280, it deleted the character counter you would see when drafting a tweet.
Instead, it replaced it with a circle icon that slowly fills in with blue as more characters are typed. When you have 20 characters left, the circle turns orange and the old-school counter pops back up. It could be helpful but it would be nice to know the whole time you are typing just how many characters you have left.
And while the opinions on the new character account can be mixed, Twitter users seem to be united in their hatred for the circle, which seems unnecessary as you can see how many characters you have typed towards the end.
Take a look at some responses below.
I’m not sure how many characters I have anymore because Twitter is showing me a little circle instead of the character count.— Steven Peterson (@squeakytoy) November 8, 2017
Oh wait, I guess this means I’ve got 280 now. At last my voice can be heard! pic.twitter.com/fjCf84Jb2T
everyone: hey twitter could u ban the nazis— SQUEAK @ MFF (@DanQGoo) November 7, 2017
twitter: 280 character tweets
twitter: tweet count is a numberless circle now
What— 🅱️eie 🍤 (@homodorito) November 8, 2017
Users: can you deal with the harassment and literal nazis on your platform— Gamb @ L O N G E R T W I T T E R N A M E S (@DrewGamblord) November 8, 2017
Twitter: have 280 characters
Users: please fix your platform
Twitter: here's a little circle that fills up when you type so now you dont know how long your tweet is
[via Mashable, opening image via Twitter]
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