We explain—in 280 characters—why Chinese-speaking Twitter users only get 140
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You might be wondering why some Asian languages are still limited to 140 characters, while Twitter is expanding the upper limit to 280 for English and others. Here is our explainer, in 280 characters:
Twitter has a new 280-char limit. So why still 140 for some Asian langs? Look at Chinese. Has 1,000s of chars, so each can contain lots of meaning. Eng has only 26. Chinese is economical but inflexible. E.g. “B” is just “b”—no meaning. 文学=2 chars; means “literature”=10 chars.