Twitter, the micro blogging social media network, has announced that it would be relaxing some restrictions on ‘tweets’ to allow users to maximize use of the platform.
Key amongst the quartet of soon-to-be implemented plans, twitter is to allow users to use the full traditional 140 characters without additional materials such as media attachments and names in replies, eating up some of the characters.
This was contained in a blog post in which twitter says, ‘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, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters.’
... 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.
The four main changes are as follows:
One: A users’ 104 character-limit would be intact when replying to a Tweet, So as many respondents as the tweet is directed towards, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This twitter says; ‘‘will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.’‘
Two: All media attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!
Three: On the subject of retweeting and quoting one’s personal tweet, twitter will be enabling the Retweet button on Tweets, so a person can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet themselves when they desire to share a new reflection or want to draw attention to a tweet they feel went unnoticed.
Lastly, twitter would allow users to broadly broadcast tweets without using the ‘’.@’‘ convention because under the restructuring, new Tweets that begin with a username will reach all of one’s followers. ‘‘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,’‘ twitter added.
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After 10-years of being in operation, twitter has evolved from a simple 140-character text message ‘‘to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more. In just the past few months we added the ability to poll your community, react quickly and cleverly with GIFs, andshare and enjoy Periscope broadcasts in Tweets,’‘ the company stated.