Whether you use Twitter to share information about your businesses’ upcoming events, show off your latest products, or even to broadcast live, you’ll now be able to do more with 140 characters.
The 140 character limit has been the hallmark of Twitter’s appeal, but also sometimes a downfall when you’re trying to share images, links, or replying to a decent amount of other accounts. Thankfully, Twitter recognized some of the drawback to being a bit too stringent on the 140 limit and has made a few changes.
The following will now change:
- 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. SOURCE: Twitter
If you’re even a moderate user of Twitter, you will notice that these changes are probably in line with someways you’ve tried to get around the 140 character limit. The removal of the “. @” requirement to allow that type of tweet to appear in your timeline is simply one that makes sense and allows you to respond more quickly.
Obviously, Twitter wants to continue to be a place where you can share media and by allowing more room to do so, it’s kept itself relevant.
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