I am in two minds about Twitter’s decision to allow 280-character tweets.
One the one hand, when only 140 characters were allowed, I often felt that I could do with just an extra few characters to get in an extra hashtag, or a telling phrase.
And I think that the imposed brevity meant people often substituted a short hashtag for actual meaning, as seen here:
Looking for inspiration during #NaNoWriMo2017? These classic authors have you covered.
What is #NaNoWriMo2017 anyway? Turns out it is National Novel Writing Month. That tweet would be better like this:
Looking for inspiration during National Novel Writing Month? These classic authors have you covered. #NaNoWriMo2017
The extra characters which Twitter now allows mean that it is now possible to put in just a little extra background, where needed, without resorting to mysterious and irritating hashtags.