Twitter making some changes to their 140-character experience

Posted on May 24, 2016



Twitter  is making some changes to their long standing 140 characters ,no  they aren’t adding more  characters, they are making some changes to what is currently done.  Currently when you make a tweet when use the “@  username” reply it counts as part of your 140 character limit.

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Twitter announced today on their 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.

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When this change comes in  this means when you tweet someone or someones  it won’t count to your 140-character count, your tweets will still be 140 characters too.

Currently, when you tweet with a picture, gif, video ,poll , or twitter quote  it takes some character off . twitter media post ex.

This will also change.

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!


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Currently, you can’t retweet yourself or quote  (unless you find the link of the tweet of yours you want to quote and post that then say your comment above that link)

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.

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This also changes the trick that people have been doing on twitter, when you want everyone ,even people who don’t follow that  account you are replying to , you can do .@username. and the dot helps it show it up to everyone.  That last thing mentioned , the re tweeting /quoting yourself.

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.

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These changes are set to roll out to users in a few months. What do you think ?


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