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24 more characters, for better and worse

Today Twitter redefined its laws of physics. But while it’s posed as a simplification of the 140-character rule, the change will reshape information density, conversation style and self-promotion in the app.

If you want to know what’s happening and why, read TechCrunch’s detailed breakdown of the changes scooped by Bloomberg’s Sarah Frier. Here, we’re going to examine the how, as in how this will impact the Twitter that 300 million people have ingrained into their life, and billions more never figured out.

This isn’t about declaring the changes good or bad as a whole. That’s a narrow and unproductive way to assess the evolution of anything. Instead, it’s about deducing the way they’ll nudge our behavior in new directions.

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