Twitter users may have noticed that in the past couple of years, the social media giant has slowly expanded its 140-character limit by doing things like removing @replies from the constraint and exempting photos, videos and quotes.
Twitter announced on Wednesday that it’s trying out an expanded character count and will give certain users the freedom to use up to 280 characters instead of its default of 140.
Those who don’t have official access to the new feature may still be able to make use of it through hacks that have been discovered by tech-savvy tweeters, according to a report in Engadget.
Japanese, Chinese and Korean Twitter accounts will not be allowed to use the expanded character limit, because, according to Twitter, people who read those languages are able to say much more with their characters than those who converse in English.
Click ‘Tweet’ in the web ui
F12 Remove ‘disable’ on the tweet button
Click it, and go to ‘network’, right click on the request and copy as cURL
Then, add &weighted_character_count=true as a param to the end of the url
Then, resubmit the tweet with curl.
— Rob Graham٩(●̮̮̃●̃) (@ErrataRob) September 27, 2017
Twitter user @prof9 tweeted a link to a Tampermonkey script for Chrome that’s a lot easier to set up and offers the same result. To get it working, first, install Tampermonkey; next, head to a Github repository and click the raw button to install the script. The user says to be sure to enable it in Tampermonkey, then hit up Twitter.com and tweet away.
All the current methods floating around are related to the Twitter web client. And, you’ll probably have to be quick, as Twitter is surely involved in its own efforts to fix the workaround.
Here’s a quick TamperMonkey script that force enables 280 character tweets in the Twitter web client.https://t.co/uUhW0CKekS
— Prof. 9 (@Prof9) September 27, 2017
Hey, notice anything different? Yep, this tweet is 280 characters, instead of the 140 you get as standard. And, icyw, I’m not one of the chosen few that gets to try this out as part of Twitter’s latest experiment. Nah, I just did some simple DIY thanks to a userscript in Chrome
— Saqib Shah (@eightiethmnt) September 27, 2017
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