Twitter announced today it is removing its 140-character limit for tweets. Users can add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages.
The move comes as Twitter’s efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend.
“Over the past decade, the tweet has developed from a simple 140-character text message to a rich platform for creative expression. Featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more.” Said Twitter product manager Todd Sherman in a statement.
“So, you can already do a lot in a tweet, but we want you to be able to do even more. In the coming months, we’ll make changes to simplify tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters.”
That is, characters you see in the composer interface should count, even if they are in links. But you won’t see characters for things like pictures, videos, GIFs, polls and Quote Tweets, which is why they will not count.
Here’s what Twitter has changed
When you respond to a tweet, Twitter will no longer count @names toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations easier and straightforward.
When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets. These media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!
Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself
Twitter will enable the Retweet button on your own Tweets. So you can Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection. Or feel like a good one went unnoticed.
Goodbye, [email protected]:
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. It means you’ll no longer have to use the ”[email protected]” convention.
If you want all your followers to see a reply, you can Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more widely.