28 September, 2017

Learn how to write 280-character messages on Twitter

Twitter allows the writing of messages of 280 characters for a few days, although only some users can enjoy this radical change of the North American company.

The social network Twitter has surprised its entire community with the increase in the number of characters of the tweets, which will go from 140 to a maximum of 280, double what was allowed until now. While this is a temporary measure to see how it evolves, it has already annoyed some users who had accustomed themselves to these short messages since the social network saw the light back in 2006.

The reason for this decision is the difference between the different languages around the world. They argue that while Japanese, Korean or Chinese need fewer characters to transmit information, in languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese or French, for example, users are in a hurry to not exceed the previously established limit.

The American company already made things easier for users when photographs and labels stopped taking up text space. Even links, however long, occupy a certain number of characters, enough to add the text that we want. Even so, the appearance of the famous “threads” has surely made Twitter think about it, which in this way facilitates things to the tweeters who like to have long conversations in the social network.

Whether it is a successful measure or that ends up being the end of the essence of Twitter we will not know until a time, when the measure is consolidated or, on the other hand, those in charge of the social network decide to step back and return to 140 characters. For now, only a few can enjoy this addition. For those who do not, here we leave you the way to have the new 280 characters available:

Step 1: Download the TamperMonkey extension in your Google Chrome browser.

Step 2: Click on the icon of the extension, press the “add new script” option, copy the code shown below as it appears and click on the icon of the diskette to save the changes.

// == UserScript ==

// @name Twitter Cramming

// @description Force enable cramming (280 character tweets) on Twitter

// @author Prof. 9

// @version 0.1

// @match https://twitter.com/*

// @ run-at document-idle

// @namespace prof9.twittercramming

// == / UserScript ==

var initDataInput = document.getElementById (‘init-data’);

var initData = JSON.parse (initDataInput.value);

initData.deciders.cramming_feature_enabled = true;

initData.deciders.cramming_ui_enabled = true;

initDataInput.value = JSON.stringify (initData);

Step 3: Log in to your Twitter account and enjoy messages of 280 characters. Twitter will always indicate on the numeric panel that you have 140 characters left, even if your actual extension has doubled.

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