Twitter was created back in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass and then launched in July 2006. It was initially created to act as a text message replacement service. Remember those days when everybody had pay-as-you-go mobiles which used to often run out of credit leaving you feel sorry for yourself and frustrated? Well the guys over at Twitter wanted to give everybody an opportunity to talk to their friends at any time of the day for free! The idea being that you could connect with people either publicly through tweeting them or privately through a direct message (DM). Since launching, Twitter has grown into one of the largest social networking sites in the world with recent statistics showing it has over 302 million active monthly users and 500 million tweets sent per day! So… Why the 140 character limit on tweets? Well, since the worldwide standard length of a text message is 160 characters, the founders of Twitter thought it would be a good idea to stay within those boundaries as it was what everyone was already used to. Now you’re probably thinking, why is a tweet 20 characters less than a text message? Those 20 characters were set aside to allow room for the twitter username (handle) of the sender, leaving 140 characters for your message!
The origins of Twitter’s 140 character limit