Why Did the Twitter People Decide on 140 Characters?

November 29, 2009 at 2:49 PM Leave a comment

How did the Twitter people decide that tweets should be limited to 140 characters?

It’s pretty simple really:

Originally, Twitter had no character limit and several issues were aroused. For example, users tend to compose tweets of over 160 characters (the default SMS carrier limit).  …  They settled on 140, in order to leave room for the username and the colon in front of the message.

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