Twitter simplifies character count making more space for tweets


May 25, 2016 (LBO) – Popular online social networking service, Twitter said it will relaxing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages.

“In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters,” Twitter said in their official blog post.

“For instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters.”

These are the most important changes that will affect twitter messages specifically.

Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

In addition to the changes outlined above, Twitter is exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed.

In the past few months Twitter added the ability to poll community, react quickly and cleverly with GIFs, and share and enjoy Periscope broadcasts in Tweets.

Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more.

Twitter however is currently struggling to increase its user base and engagement raising questions over its growth though it has been the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations for a while.