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Monday, Sep 16, 2019

The joke’s on Twitter: From 140 characters to 280 characters — Twitter trolls itself

Twitterati have lost it after Twitter’s founder announced that the microblogging site has increased the character length per tweet — Tweeple can’t stop poking fun at this decision and its possible outcomes.

more-lifestyle Updated: Sep 27, 2017 13:16 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Twitter has made the change for only a ‘small group’ of users.
Twitter has made the change for only a ‘small group’ of users.

Twitterati flooded the microblogging site with jokes — on Twitter itself — as the social network’s founder Jack Dorsey announced on September 27 the company’s “small change” but a “big move”: each tweet could now be of 280 characters, instead of the previous 140 characters. However, for now the increased character count is available only to a small group of users; who is in the select group, and why, wasn’t immediately clear.

Certain traditions on Twitter are still intact, though — just like always, Tweeple were quick to air their opinion on the new change in the world of Twitter.

Some of them couldn’t help but poke fun at it. “now only 90’s kids will know how tough it was to express your thoughts in 140 character limit.. #280characters”, wrote one user, Shailja.

“Good morning. Twitter changing to #280characters then? Still less characters than a Marvel Avengers movie!” wrote another user, Mitchell Dunkley.

“#280characters ? Well, now I’m twice as likely to get no attention whatsoever,” wrote another user.

But perhaps, the best joke on the entire thing was that of comedian Akshar Pathak, who welcomed the change Bollywood-style. “Twitter (140 characters): “Hey guys, I’m Vijay” Twitter (280 characters): “Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, poora naam. Baap ka naam Dinanath Chauhan. Maa ka naam Suhasini Chauhan. Gaon Mandwa. Umar 36 saal, 9 mahina, 8 din, aye aur yeh solva ghanta chaalu hai,” he joked about it, referencing Amitabh Bachchan’s famous dialogue from Agneepath (1990).

President of the United States, Donald Trump, also became the butt of Twitter jokes, thanks to the new change — Trump is a relentless poster on Twitter. “Could a journalist use #280characters asking Trump what he thinks of private email servers now that his son & Daughter use them?” wrote one user. This was a reference to the pre-election attacks on rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her handling of e-mails when she was US Secretary of State.

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First Published: Sep 27, 2017 13:16 IST