Twitter s 140 character limit is quite a hassle sometimes, how many vowels you strike off from your words, sometimes your thought is just too long to fit into a Twitter post. While the character limit is unique characteristic of Twitter, the very characteristic is also what drives away a lot of users. Perhaps Twitter realizes this too. A few months ago, Twitter had announced that it will soon allow users to tweet longer posts than usual by changing the way it counts the 140 characters. According to a report by The Verge, the new format will be implemented by September 19. Also Read - COVID-19 third wave: Twitter shuts offices as coronavirus cases riseAlso Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to send
With the new format, Twitter narrows down exactly what type of content will be counted in the 140 character limit. Earlier, Twitter had announced that in the upcoming change, media attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls will no longer be counted towards the character limit. Prior to this, Twitter had first announced that it will soon stop counting media attachments to increase the character limit, but it had never confirmed by when the changes will be applicable. It just said that the update will be rolled out in the coming months. Although The Verge reports the latest information citing two of its close sources, the final plans for the rollout could see some change. Also Read - World Emoji Day 2021: Twitter reveals 10 most used emojis in 2021 in India
Other than the media file attachments, Twitter has also made changes to the way tagged usernames are counted towards the 140 character limit. When replying to a Tweet, the usernames (@names) at the beginning of a tweet will no longer be counted. However, it is not clear if all these changes will be implemented simultaneously or applied in phases. When Twitter had made this announcement in May, it had also announced that it would soon allow users to retweet or quote tweet their own posts. This adjustment was rolled out back in June.
Essentially, the option to retweet or quote tweet own posts allows users to do away with the hassle of taking a screenshot of their older posts or add links of older tweets. They can now simply broadcast their own tweets like they shared other people s tweets till now. Also, till now, users had to use .@ to broadcast tweets, but with the retweeting option, replies and tweets will automatically be opened for a larger audience. Also read: Snapdeal gets a new logo, here s what the internet thinks about it
When Twitter announced all these changes to the micro-blogging site, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told The Verge, “This is the most notable change we ve made in recent times around conversation in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters. I m excited to see even more dialog because of this. Basically, with these changes Twitter intends to make having conversations on the platform easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.
It is not the first time Twitter has allowed users to get rid of the 140 characters limit. Earlier, Twitter increased the character limit for direct messages on its platform. Now, Twitter is apparently looking to step up its messaging feature. The company has rolled out read reciepts for the micro blogging platform. This basically means the feature allow users to know when their sent message has been read, similar to WhatsApp s blue tick for read receipts. The latest update also includes type indicators and web link previews.