How To Tweet With 280 Characters On Twitter Right Now With This Hack



Twitter expanded the limit of tweets from 140 characters to 280 characters on Tuesday. The move to double the character limit has been embraced by some and has enraged others. Unfortunately or fortunately, Twitter is currently testing out the lengthened tweets and the 280-character posts are not available to everyone. If you still only can post 140 characters and are jealous of those who have twice as many characters to spout their hot takes into the Twittersphere, there is a way that you can get all that 280-character goodness.

Coders have discovered a way around to enable longer tweets and you can too. Twitter user Prof9 has discovered a workaround to get longer tweets a little early. Here is a hack on how to turn your 140 character tweets into 280 characters.

  1. Download Tampermonkey for your browser of choice (Chrome webstore link)
  2. Visit this Github repository, click the “Raw” button
  3. You’ll be redirected to tampermonkey, then click the “Install” button the script (or copy and paste the code into a new script in Tampermonkey)
  4. Go to Twitter and start tweeting with 280 characters

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There is another workaround that will allow you to pump out 280-character tweets, this one utilizes Tweetdeck.

Visit Tweetdeck

If you’re in Chrome, click the three dots on the top right of the page. Hover over “More tools” and then click “Developer Tools.”

  1. Click “Sources,” then hit “>>,” then click “Snippets.
  2. Click “+New snippet” and insert the following code into the large empty box :,e,f,g,c,d,h){c=c||function(){};d=d||function(){};b=this.request(b,{method:f,params:Object.assign(e,{weighted_character_count:!0}),processor:g,feedType:h});return b.addCallbacks(function(a){c(},function(a){d(a.req,””,a.msg,a.req.errors)}),b}; twttrTxt=Object.assign({},twttr.txt,{isInvalidTweet:function(){return!1},getTweetLength:function(){return twttr.txt.getTweetLength.apply(this,arguments)-140}});
  3. Then hit the Play button below to run the snippet. Now you can tweet with 280 characters in Tweetdeck.

This grand and all, but we still don’t have the ability to edit tweets.