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Social media services Twitter and Snapchat announced this week they are taking on new looks. Both services have far fewer users than Facebook, and are seeking to expand their audiences.
Twitter is expanding its message limit to 280 characters for nearly all its users, ending its well-known 140-character limit.
And Snapchat, long popular with young people, will make changes in hopes of becoming easier for everyone to use. It has yet to provide details of the changes.
Twitter says that 9 percent of tweets written in English reached the 140-character limit. As a result, users had to spend time reworking the wording of tweets. By removing that barrier, Twitter is hoping people will tweet more, increasing the interest of other users.
The Associated Press reports that people around the world are talking about the changes to Twitter.
Some German government officials celebrated the changes Wednesday. Germany's justice ministry wrote that it can now more easily tweet about legislation concerning the oversight responsibilities for marking beef.
The law is known in German as the Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz.
In Rome, student Marina Verdicchio welcomed the changes. She said the move "will give us the possibility to express ourselves in a totally different way and to avoid canceling important words when we use Twitter."
Others were not as excited, including at least one person who repeated the words of Shakespeare: "Brevity is the soul of wit."
The expansion to 280-character tweets will be extended to all Twitter users except those tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Those languages will still have the 140-character limit. That is because writing in those languages involves fewer characters.
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5.Social media services Twitter and Snapchat announced this week they are taking on new looks.
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6.Both services have far fewer users than Facebook, and are seeking to expand their audiences.
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本周，社交媒体服务商推特（Twitter）和色拉布（Snapchat）宣布，他们将开创全新的面貌 。这两家服务商的用户量远低于脸书（Facebook），并且正在努力扩大用户数量 。
而长期受年轻人青睐的色拉布即将做出改变，以便所有人使用 。不过其尚未透露改变的细节 。
推特指出，9%的英语推文会达到140个字符的上限 。因此，用户还得花时间重新简化推文的措辞 。推特称，希望取消这一字符限制能够让用户发布更多信息，进而提升其他用户的兴趣 。
周三，德国一些政府官员庆祝了这一改变 。德国司法部发文称，现在可以放心地在推特上发布关于牛肉监管责任的法规了 。
罗马一位名叫玛丽娜·维蒂奇诺（Marina Verdicchio）的学生对此表示欢迎 。她称，此举“让我们尽可能地以全新的方式表达自己，而且也避免了在发推特时删减重要词汇 。”
这三种语言仍然受到140个字符的限制 。因为用这些语言发文需要的字符较少 。