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Twitter will change its character limits

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May 31, 2016 by Alessio Bartoli

In 10 years since its birth, the tweet has evolved from a simple sentence of up to 140 characters to a more complete experience through photos, videos , #hashtag , GIF and more. All these features, though, contribute to achieve the fateful 140 characters.

But things are about to change. In fact, Twitter announced this week that the site is about to stop including links and pictures within the 140 character limit. Moreover, mentions will not affect the counting of 140 characters when replying to another user; the characters will be deducted only if sending a new tweet mentioning someone.

Here is the announcement of Twitter:

  • 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.

These updates will not come immediately, but in the coming months. Twitter, in fact, wanted to announce the news in time so that developers can be ready at the time of roll-out.

In addition to that, the social network is planning to simplify some features and add new ones, to improve the brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations.

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