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Twitter has announced that they are officially expanding to a 280 character limit after undergoing a successful trial run of it.  (source) 4:50 p.m. ET November 7, 2017

The decision has been met with mixed response, as the previous 140 character limit was long held as an important part of Twitter, as well as a condensed way to express thoughts. It originally was the limit due to SMS restrictions at the time, which gave 160 characters, but Twitter left 20 for the username. (source) 4:50 p.m. ET November 7, 2017

 

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