A Tweet Treat : 140-Character Restriction a Sign of the Past

By Robin Aurelius posted May 24, 2016 14:46

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It finally happened. David beat Goliath. Twitter has been a stickler for the 140 character restriction. During that time, they have added photo, video, polling. This is great, but those enhancements also took away from your character count.

Just announced this morning, Twitter is changing the rules. They are giving more character room to tweet.

  • When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count.

  • Attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets won't count as characters. 

  • The Retweet button is being re-vamped. You can Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection. Or feel like a good one went unnoticed (such as a hole-in-one this past weekend).

  • Say goodbye to your little friend .@. This change simplifies the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. The  ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets, is history. If you want a reply to be seen by all followers, you will be able to Retweet it. Don't you just love simplicity?

As with life, change comes slowly. Twitter will be rolling these changes out over the next few months. This will enable its developers and end-users to adapt to it. What a treat to look forward to when you Tweet!