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Here's How Famous Writers Feel About Twitter's New 280-Character Limit

"280 characters? Fuck that." —Stephen King

On Tuesday, Twitter announced it was rolling out its new 280-character limit to all users, after testing the feature with select accounts in September. Some people — in particular, writers — had some pretty strong feelings about it:

J.K. Rowling thought the change undermined the point of Twitter.

Twitter: @jk_rowling

Stephen King was not a fan of it either.

Twitter: @StephenKing

And also agreed with Rowling.

Twitter: @StephenKing


Joyce Carol Oates retweeted another writer's poem about how tweets have now lost their "certain charm and sweetness."

Twitter: @JoyceCarolOates

Rainbow Rowell was "genuinely distressed" about the change.

Twitter: @rainbowrowell

Gary Shteyngart made a sarcastic joke.

Twitter: @Shteyngart


Meanwhile, Maureen Johnson said she still had the 140 character limit.

Ayelet Waldman retweeted an article about how all Twitter users wanted was an edit button.

Twitter: @ayeletw

Brad Thor also just wanted an edit button.

Twitter: @BradThor

John Green, however, thanked Twitter and said he'd probably use the extra characters "extremely unwisely."

Twitter: @johngreen

As will we all, probably.

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