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If Twitter goes to 280 characters, will it lose its character?

Howard Gensler, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 10:27 AM

Away from the Brexit negotiating table, European Union bureaucrats have started tweeting about the U.K.’s two-year process of leaving the bloc.

Shakespeare wrote that “brevity is the soul of wit,” but Twitter may not have read Hamlet.

The little blue bird is experimenting with doubling its character limit from 140 to 280, and the Twitterati of course had a lot to say about it. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper and comedian Ellen DeGeneres even weighed in with a variation on the same joke.

My team and I are excited about @Twitter's change to #280characters. If you've ever heard me speak on the floor or at an event, you've proba

— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) September 27, 2017

I’m so excited to be part of @Twitter’s #280characters rollout. Let me just say it’s an honor and a privilege. I’d like to thank my wonderf

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 27, 2017

While some understood the value of 280 characters…

If I had 280 characters I could have told you more about the sandwich on my nightstand but no you don't get to know anymore about it

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 28, 2017

Others did not think the change would be significant.

BREAKING: The world's problems will not be solved by arguing with strangers on Twitter. We'll update you when we have more on this story.

UPDATE: The world's problems will still not be solved by arguing with strangers on Twitter, even with 280 characters to play with.

— Channel 4 (@Channel4) September 28, 2017

Some had fun with the Tweeter-in-Chief.

.@realDonaldTrump has been wrecking America 140 characters at a time. Imagine what he could do with 280 now.

— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) September 27, 2017

Twitter should give Hillary 280 characters but keep Trump at 140, just to see what happens.

— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) September 27, 2017

Others just had fun.

Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding…room for more bell dings with #280characters

— NYSE (@NYSE) September 28, 2017

There were calls for social justice:

Twitter extended me to 280 characters, but I refuse to go over 140 until every woman on this site is given their 280

— Adam Friedland (@AdamFriedland) September 28, 2017

Artistic expression:

Old Twitter vs New Twitter after #280characters pic.twitter.com/n2Hn0EMb5L

— Logan™⚓ (@KawdaBoy) September 28, 2017

Discussions of free-market economics:

If Twitter goes to 280 characters, someone should make a website like Twitter but with 140 characters

— Mary Kobayashi (@MaryKoCo) September 27, 2017

Kardashian/Jenner ridicule:

Me trying to use up 280 characters pic.twitter.com/Mu4luC0nJx

— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) September 27, 2017

And, of course, complaints.

@Twitter can give us the chance to correct a mistake in writing maybe for 5 mins after tweet .. this will be useful 路‍♂️

— Kozman (@RaMeZKoZmaN) September 27, 2017

Howard Gensler, STAFF WRITER

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