140 Characters On Chinese Twitter Is More Like 500 Characters On Twitter.com

There’s been some talk that China’s answer to Twitter, Weibo, will be coming to the US in a matter of months. Weibo and Twitter both offer 140 characters as their maximum, but, interestingly, 140 characters in Chinese is not the same as 140 characters in the Roman alphabet that English and many other speakers use. In fact, you can fit in almost five times as much meaning on Weibo as you can on Twitter.

This was part of an experiment posted on Thomas Crampton‘s blog over a year ago, but the language math still works out.