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Twitter announces new 280-character limit for almost everyone

Most of the world’s Twitter users will soon be able to post 280-character tweets, company product manager Aliza Rosen announced in a blog post Tuesday.

Rosen said expanding the character limit from 140 characters to 280 will give users more space to fit in their thoughts. 

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Historically, Rosen said, nine percent of tweets typed in English hit the character limit, which results in a lot of time spent editing a single tweet or eventually abandoning tweets before sharing them. 

In September, Twitter launched a test for select users to have access to the expanded 280-character limit. As a result of the experiment, researchers found only one percent of tweets in English hit the character limit. 

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“People in the experiment told us that a higher character limit made them feel more satisfied with how they expressed themselves on Twitter, their ability to find good content, and Twitter overall,” Rosen wrote. 

However, tweets in Japanese, Korean and Chinese will continue to have the 140-character limit, because cramming characters is not an issue for the languages due to the density of their writing systems, she said.

For users concerned about their timelines being flooded with 280-character tweets, Rosen said the experiement showed that didn’t happen.

“Only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only 2% were over 190 characters,” Rosen wrote. “As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you’ll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline.”

Rosen encouraged users to give Twitter feedback on the change.

“We’re always listening to your feedback, so try it out and let us know what you think,” she tweeted.

The Who live from their 1989 US Tour

Friday 04-14-17 The Who – You Better You Bet  

Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon are The Who and are considered one of the most influential rock bands in music. On December 6, 1975 The Who set the record for the largest crowd at an indoor concert with over 78,000 folks at the Pontic Silverdome in Detroit Michigan. Then in May of 76, at the Valley in London, they set the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s loudest concert at over 120 decibels. Drummer Keith Moon died in September of 1978. Bassist, John Entwistle died from a heart attack on June 27, 2002. This version of You Better You Bet was recorded during their US Tour in 1989.

INXS live at Wembley Stadium 1991

Thursday 04-13-17 INXS – The One Thing 

This band is from Australia and they started out as “The Farriss Brothers” in 1977. Inspired by the English band XTC they changed their name to INXS in 1979. Their lead singer, Michael Hutchence died in November of 1997. In 2005 they did a reality TV Show “Rock Star: INXS” to find a new front man. Canadian J.D. Fortune got the job. In 2012 INXS announced that they would retire from touring. The live version of “The One Thing” was recorded at Wembley Stadium in July of 1991.

Steppenwolf live from Santa Monica 1970

Wednesday 04-12-17 Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride  

Happy Birthday to John Kay of Steppenwolf! Inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel Steppenwolf, the band “Sparrow” from Canada, became Steppenwolf in 1967. During their hay day, they sold over 25 million records. John Kay is the only original member. This is Steppenwolf recorded live in Santa Monica Civic Center in 1970

Guns 'N Roses live from Argentina 1992

Tuesday 04-11-17 Guns and Roses – Welcome to The Jungle

G N’ R was born in Los Angeles in 1985 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame their first year of eligibility in 2012. Most of Guns ‘N Roses original line up are on their “Not in This Lifetime” tour. The reunion tour that everyone said would not happen EVER is happening. Today’s Live at Five features G ‘N R from their Live Era ’87 to ’93 CD…Welcome to the Jungle was recorded live in Argentina on December 6, 1992.

Foghat Live 1977

Monday 04-10-17 Foghat – Fool for the City 

Today would be “Lonesome” Dave Peverett Birthday. Unfortunately, we lost Dave to cancer back in 2000. Guitarist/vocalist Lonesome Dave and drummer Roger Earl left Savoy Brown in late 1970 and formed Foghat in early 71 with guitarist Rod Price and Tony Stevens on Bass. Foghat might be one of the most underrated bands from the 70’s. Today’s Live at Five is from Foghat Live: Foghat’s bestselling album. It was released in 1977. 

Journey live from Captured

Friday 04-07 Journey – Feeling That Way/Anytime and Journey – Anyway You Want It 

Kicking off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Rock Block Weekend with Journey on Live at Five. A couple former members of Santana, Greg Rolie and Neil Schon, put Journey together in San Francisco in 73. They didn’t have much success until Steve Perry joined the band as their lead singer in 1977. Journey’s 4th Album (first one with Perry) Infinity put them on the road to becoming one of the best rock bands in America. All of today’s Live at Five songs are from Journey’s “Captured” live CD. 

Dire Straits live from France 1992

Thursday 04-06 Dire Straits – Money for Nothin’ 

Guitarists, Mark and his younger brother, David Knopfler formed Dire Straits in 1977 with John Illsley on Bass and Pick Withers on Drums. During the recording sessions for their Making Movies album, tensions between Mark and David got so bad that David quit over creative differences. Before calling it quits in 1995 Dire Straits had won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, one Juno Award and two MTV Video Music Awards. This live version of Money for Nothin’ was recorded in France in May on 1992

Night Ranger live from Japan 1997

Wednesday 04-05 Night Ranger - Still Rock in America 

Night Ranger first got together in 79 using the name Stereo! They added a second guitarist and changed the name to Ranger. In 1982, they changed the name to Night Ranger when they found out a country band called The Rangers, claimed a trademark infringement. Night Ranger is Jack Blades on bass and vocals, Brad Gillis on guitar, Jeff Watson guitar and vocals, Alan Fitzgerald keyboards and Kelley Keagy, drums and vocals. This live version of (You Can Still) Rock in America was recorded live in Tokyo, Japan on April 8th, 1997. 

Rolling Stones live from Cuba 2016

Tuesday 04-04 Rolling Stones - It’s Only Rock and Roll 

The Rolling Stones formed in 1962 in London calling themselves “The Blue Boys”. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. As far as recording goes, The Stones have been busy, they released a new Live CD “Havana Moon” on November 11, 2016 and a Blues inspired CD called “Blue and Lonesome” on December 2, 2016. Live at Five today is the Stones It’s Only Rock and Roll…recorded live in Havana Cuba on March 25, 2016.

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