Twitter increases maximum length of its display names to 50 characters

midian182

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Twitter seems to be going through a bit of a crisis right now. After the mostly unpopular decision to rollout the new 280-character tweet limit worldwide and its temporary ban on verifying accounts, the site has taken the next logical action: increasing the maximum length of display names to 50 characters.

Rumors that Twitter would increase its long-used 140-character tweet restriction had been circling for years, and a new test that doubled this limit finally arrived in September. Earlier this week, the update arrived for all users, many of whom weren’t happy about the change, complaining that it removed the brevity and wit often seen in Twitter posts.

Now, the company has continued removing limits. This time, it's the display names—not the [USER=387759]@username[/USER] handles—that are affected. The previous limit of 20 characters has more than doubled to 50, which will be useful for those languages where names are exceedingly long. In reality, it will mostly be used to add emojis or constantly change display names into lengthy statements.

While there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with twitter increasing the length of its display names, it comes at a time when the site should really be addressing other elements of its service. Yesterday, Twitter temporarily suspended its account verification process, a response to the outrage it caused by verifying white supremacists and other controversial public figures.

It turns out that some Twitter users have discovered a surprising use for 280 characters: board games. People are using the site to play Connect Four, Chess, and Checkers.

It's certainly been an eventful few weeks for Twitter. Earlier this month, a third-party contractor on their last day on the job shut down Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes.

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Skidmarksdeluxe

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"a third-party contractor on their last day on the job shut down Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes".
It's little wonder it was their last day. Twitter was probably hoping the contractor would shut it down for good but he/she couldn't even get that right.
 

captaincranky

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Stephen King says:

"Books can be as long as they need to be. A tweet should be short and sweet".


Boy, tell me about it. That sh!t he turns out seems like it goes on forever
 
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captaincranky

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"a third-party contractor on their last day on the job shut down Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes".
It's little wonder it was their last day. Twitter was probably hoping the contractor would shut it down for good but he/she couldn't even get that right.
Rumor has it that he left to become Whitefish Electric's third employee! :D
 
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Evernessince

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"a third-party contractor on their last day on the job shut down Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes".
It's little wonder it was their last day. Twitter was probably hoping the contractor would shut it down for good but he/she couldn't even get that right.
I think if Twitter wanted to they could have shut his account down for violation of the ToS. Clearly calling foreign heads of state names is a problem.

The truth is, twitter don't care what you do on their service, so long as you are making them money. This is the reason Americans have become disillusioned by silicon valley companies. They only had a "do no evil" policy so long as it suited their wallets (google).
 
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