Put More In A 140-Character Tweet

Just a little over a decade since its inception, Twitter is finally giving its users the full 140-character tweeting experience by changing what counts towards that frustrating character limit. While the social networking platform has continuously added additional features, like polls, GIF reactions, and Periscope broadcasts, now millions of users can officially take advantage of every. Single. Period.With great power comes great responsibility, even if that power comes in the form of a modest character limit bump. Check out the latest changes affecting Twitter and its character count:

  • 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 piece of media will no longer count as characters within your tweet. More room for words!
  • Retweet and quote tweet yourself: Easily RT or quote tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection, or if you feel like a really 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. You’ll no longer need to use the ”[email protected]” convention. If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to RT it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

These changes will be rolling out over the course of the next few months, which should provide ample time to fully appreciate the significance of a few more characters. Check out the official news here.