This week, twitter announced that they would be changing a number of features in order to make it easier to fit all the information you need into a single tweet.
As it stands, whenever you tag an account, include a link or add an image, it will count against the 140 character limit set by Twitter. So if, for example, you are replying to somebody with a picture and linking them to a website, you could use up around 60 characters before you even start typing a message, leaving you with less than 100! Introduced over the next few months, users will be able to include all of this information without using the character limit, meaning that the full 140 characters can be used for text.
This has come as a huge relief for us, as we have found the feature extremely limiting at times. This announcement may also put to bed any rumours that Twitter are allowing 10,000 character tweets, as has been widely reported over the past year. As social media changes and the way we view online content shifts, it’s good to see that Twitter are keeping up with the demands of their users.
Here are the full updates listed on the Twitter blog:
- 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.