Twitter on Wednesday announced its longer tweet limit feature currently available to only Twitter Blue subscribers in the United States, giving them the ability to post up to 4,000 characters instead of being limited to 280 characters.
“And while we love a good thread, sometimes you just want to Tweet everything all at once,” said Twitter Blue in a tweet.
need more than 280 characters to express yourself?
we know that lots of you do… and while we love a good thread, sometimes you just want to Tweet everything all at once. we get that.
so we’re introducing longer Tweets! you’re gonna want to check this out. tap this 👉… https://t.co/lge9udRzLE
— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) February 8, 2023
According to the company, these longer tweets will be capped at 280 characters on your timeline, and a “Show more” prompt will be shown for users to click and read the whole thing. The site also notes that while only its paying subscribers can write these long tweets, all users can read them and interact with them like before.
The 4,000-character limit also applies to quote tweets and replies and along with long tweets users can post media like images or videos. However, there are limitations to this new feature. On the web, if your tweet goes over the standard 280 characters, people won’t be able to save it as a draft or schedule it for later.
Elon Musk has been hinting at plans to increase the tweet character limit for a while now. In a response to a Twitter user in December last year, who asked if it was “true that Twitter is set to increase the characters from 280 to 4000,” the Twitter owner said, “Yes.”
Twitter first expanded the length of tweets on its site in 2017 under then-CEO Jack Dorsey going from 140 characters to the current 280-character limit.
“Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English,” the company said at the time “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!”