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Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

Here's some code and Curl commands to get you on the path of milliblogging

By Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2017

Twitter's plan to limit public trials of 280-character tweets has been foiled by web devs, who discovered the feature could be enabled by twits on the client-side.

Yesterday, the milliblogging giant announced it had begun tests in which a "small group" of selected users would have their per-tweet character limit doubled from 140 to 280.

Not surprisingly, within hours netizens began to look into the underpinnings of the feature. It wasn't long before someone realized it could be enabled by setting a flag in the HTTP request when posting a tweet.

From that discovery, a simple script was written to allow anyone with a Twitter account and the Tampermonkey Chrome scripting extension to raise their limit to 280 characters. Here's what to do:

El Reg tried the script out and found that, indeed, it allows folks to cram 280 characters into tweets and successfully post them.

Twitter 280 character test screenshot

That's twice as many vultures as we normally get

For those who want to get more hands on, here's the flag in question and how to fling it at Twitter using Curl:

Twitter says it is aware of the scripts, and while letting users turn on the feature wasn't planned, for now they will not be taking any action to stop the practice, so enjoy your new 280 character limit. Time to start adding footnotes, bootnotes, and forum-like signatures to your tweets. ®

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