NEW YORK (AP) — Need more room to type those deep thoughts? Twitter is testing a 280-character limit for tweets, doubling the current length restriction that’s been in place since the company’s founding 11 years ago.
The test is being made available to a small subset of users and applies to languages other than Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. That’s because in those languages, Twitter notes, you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in others.
The original 140-character limit was created so tweets would fit in a single text message back when people used Twitter that way. But most people now use Twitter through its mobile app, where there isn’t the same technical constraint.
Twitter has already eased the restrictions, and doesn’t count photos, videos, polls and other things toward the character limit. And users have found creative ways to get around the restrictions, including taking screenshots of blocks of text and highlighting relevant phrases.
San Francisco-based Twitter said in a blog post Tuesday that 9 percent of all tweets in English come up against the 140-character limit, compared with just 0.4 percent of tweets in Japanese.
“Also, in all markets, when people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting — which is awesome!” the blog post reads.
Twitter acknowledged the “emotional attachment” some users might have toward the 140 characters. But it said the new limit, while double the size, is “still brief.”
2 baby mandrill monkeys make debut at Los Angeles Zoo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two baby mandrills, a type of monkey, have made their debut at the Los Angeles Zoo.
The mandrills, a male and a female by different mothers, were introduced to the public Tuesday.
Mandrills are the largest monkey species. The adult males are known for their colorful red-and-blue muzzles. The animals also have red-and-blue rumps.
The babies don’t have names yet, but the zoo says they’ve been playing and exploring their environment.
They were born in August to mothers Clementine and Juliette, who came to LA from a zoo in France.
The babies were born to a first-time father, Jabari, under a survival program that’s designed to strengthen the gene pool of vulnerable species.
New Alaska highway stripes are crooked, paint staining cars
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — New yellow painted highway lines in the Alaska’s Panhandle city of Ketchikan are crooked and the paint that’s been used by state transportation officials has stained cars, officials said.
Among those affected was Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis, whose car ended up with yellow paint on it.
The problems emerged after the state Department of Transportation tried out a new line painting system on the Tongass Highway, The Ketchikan Daily News reported Saturday.
Department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said the paint is “not drying as quickly as it should due to humidity in southeast Alaska.”
Bob Sivertson, a Ketchikan city council member, called it the poorest line painting work he’s seen.
Bailey said the state will not repaint the yellow lines.