How to Tweet in 280 Characters

Twitter is reportedly testing 280 character tweets. However, this feature is only available to a small sample of users. But, there are a few workarounds so you too can send 280 character tweets without being part of this special little group.

Follow our ultimate guide to find the method that best suits you.

How Can I Tweet 280 Characters?

Like many of us, we are not in the select group with exclusive access to 280 character tweets. Luckily, you do not even have to be in Twitter’s exclusive test party. Many new sources are sharing a number of workarounds so that all tweeters can join the 280 club.

TechCrunch has published an article with the most common methods to access the new tweet limit. Below, we outline how you too can get in on the 280 character action.

1 – TamperMonkey script for Chrome

Twitter user @prof9 tweeted a link to a TamperMonkey script for Chrome. To be able to access 280 character tweets, you must first install TamperMonkey. Then visit Github and click the raw button to install. You can then start tweeting!

2 – TweetDeck Developer Menu

Hat tip to The Next Web for this one. They claim this is one of the easier hacks to access 280 tweets and we agree with them. We have included a step-by-step guide so you can get tweeting ASAP.

  1. Load up tweetdeck.twitter.com
  2. Visit ‘View’, hover over the Developer menu, and select ‘Developer Tools’
  3. Select ‘Sources’ and click on the arrow below to enter’Snippets’
  4. Once in ‘Snippets’, tap the ‘New Snippet’ button and copy/paste this code into the empty right-hand side box
  5. Click ‘Play’ to run the snippet

Once you have completed this five steps, you will be able to start tweeting in 280 characters.

3 – Chrome Extension

The char280 Chrome extension will have you publishing 280 tweets in no time. A few lines of JavaScript alter frontend settings allowing you to play with the new tweet limit.

4 – JavaScript bookmark for TweetDeck

Another quick hack comes from developer Juliette Pretot, which have since been removed.


Don’t wait for 280 character tweets to roll out globally! They may not leave test mode in the near future.