How did Donald Trump make use of 280-character tweets for the first time?
It was nothing to do with North Korea or fake news.
When Twitter doubled its character limit for a select group of users in September, there were some raised eyebrows at the fact that Donald Trump didn’t appear to be among them.
But now the site has rolled 280-character tweets out across the board, the US president, possibly the world’s most prominent Twitter user, finally has the opportunity to be more expansive with his missives.
So how did he use this new facility? Here is his first ever 280-character (well, 215-character to be precise) tweet:
Getting ready to make a major speech to the National Assembly here in South Korea, then will be headed to China where I very much look forward to meeting with President Xi who is just off his great political victory.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
Trump has long been noted for his inflammatory output on Twitter, touching on subjects including North Korea, the “fake news” media and myriad rows with celebrities.
But anyone hoping for something outrageous or controversial from his first long tweet – or even a reference to the new character count – will have been disappointed.
The tweet was a relatively bland update on the itinerary of his ongoing tour of Asia.
No one cares!!!— 7teen (@7teeennn) November 8, 2017
Don’t come to twitter if you are not going to tweet about 280 characters
Interestingly, the expanded character count does not apply for those writing in Japanese, Chinese or Korean – languages which already allow more to be said in fewer characters – so Trump’s hosts will not get the benefit of the new feature.
The president followed up with a second longer tweet, referencing Republican Ed Gillespie’s defeat in the Virginia gubernatorial election.
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
Trump had previously urged Republicans to vote for Gillespie, who surprised some analysts with the degree to which he took on the president’s conservative agenda.
If nothing else, the new character limit has allowed Trump to offer his own more detailed counter-analysis.
But the world will continue to await Trump’s first 280-character tweet about “Little Rocket Man” Kim Jong-un with interest.