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Twitter users around the world rejoiced on Sept. 26 when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that Twitter will be expanding the amount of characters users have at their disposal. With the announcement, the amount of characters doubled from 140 characters to 280. This change could not have come at a better time, as Twitter is being used in a variety of new ways, and more characters afford users more opportunities.

 

Over the past several years, Twitter has been duly used as a platform for political commentary. President Donald Trump has set a new precedent by using the social media site to communicate important messages to the public. However, Twitter was originally created for a different purpose. Dorsey decided to create the site when his idea to set up a unique podcasting site was made obsolete by Apple’s release of iTunes. Twitter was then created as a site where users could send out short and simple status updates. This new change in the format of Twitter means that users will have more space to speak their political beliefs or communicate with friends.

 

“I’m really excited they are adding characters,” vocal junior Taylor Filoramo said. “It gives [users] more space to write and work with.

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