To be able to use the new function that involves tweeting with 280 characters, you only have to follow these simple steps:
- Step 1: go and download Tampermonkey, a script manager for browsers based on the Blink and WebKit engines. In other words, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple’s Safari, Opera Next, and Mozilla Firefox. You can get hold of it at https://tampermonkey.net/ or from the official extension stores handled by each browser.
- Step 2: now visit the Github repository that you’ll find in the following link: https://gist.github.com/Prof9/c16fc4997e0ef5b22a15c43edd7f5f49. Once there, press on the RAW button to allow Tampermonkey to take care of managing the installation process of the script.
- Step 3: go to Twitter.com, login with your usual username and password, and check out if you can extend the length of your tweets up to 280 characters.
This change to the social network that was famous for its 140-character length limit for each message was published in the company’s official blog. And it’s basically due to the fact that, in some languages, 140 characters are really much more than in others. For instance, in languages of the likes of Japanese or Chinese, you need fewer characters than in others such as English, Spanish, French or Portuguese, to name just a few, to be able to express the same idea. To make such an important decision and confirm this fact, they’ve compared the messages trends in English and Japanese.
However, for the time being, it’s still at test stage and, therefore, not available for all the users of this social network. Nevertheless, with the trick we’ve just explained, anyone can now write longer tweets.