Twitter recently doubled its tweet character limit from 140 to 280 characters. Now, the company has doubled the maximum length of a username to 50 characters. The new feature is expected to help users with names that take up a lot of space and characters, in addition to those who want to add more to their display names like emojis. A name change doesn’t impact the Twitter handle being used by the person.
Starting today, your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length! Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis. https://t.co/QBxx9Hnn1j
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 10, 2017
This new move is expected to help the platform gain more user engagement, a thing they were struggling with earlier. However, people have taken to the platform and showed their disappointment, saying that the company has focused more on cosmetic changes and has sidelined other long-standing problems like abuse on the platform. Recently, reports have suggested that the company might soon launch a newly redesigned website.
twitter’s product prioritization is like when you have super important shit to do but it’s too stressful to deal so you procrastinate by doing everything else
— Tracy Chou 👩🏻💻 (@triketora) November 10, 2017
We recently saw an incident where a company employee on the last day at his job, decided to deactivate the account of the US president, Donald Trump. It is a thing that should not have happened so easily. The twitter account stayed deactivated for 11 minutes before getting restored. The general consensus is that company should look into fixing these kinds of issues before the big redesign that might be happening.