Twitter Gives Tweets More Room to Breathe

by Lawrence Cooper May 25, 2016, 5:29

There are tons of rules and restrictions that govern the 140-character limit along with plenty of unofficial tricks and tips for getting around it.

"A person's Twitter handle, which starts with the "(at)" symbol, also will not count against character limits. "We expect people who are new to Twitter to be welcomed to a much more intuitive experience that makes sense for them and is easier for them to understand". Usernames in replies, pictures, GIFs, and videos no longer count towards your character limit, and the same goes for quote tweets.

Twitter users now have a bit of breathing room.

Next, Twitter will introduce the ability for users to retweet and quote tweet their own tweets. According to Twitter, new posts beginning with a username will automatically reach all followers. The first will let users retweet and quote themselves, which will give good old tweets a second chance at being noticed, liked and retweeted by others. These tweets didn't show up on your Twitter timeline and users had to access the "Tweet & replies" tab to view them. The actual update with the new features will roll out over the coming months.

Said Twitter product manager Todd Sherman in a statement.

In addition to the changes outlined above, we have plans to help you get even more from your Tweets. "We're exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones". "That concept of brevity, speed, and live conversation-being able to think of something and put it out to the world instantly-that's what's most important", Dorsey said.

Twitter says the changes will be implemented over the next few months. "The updates have a significant impact on Tweets, so we want to provide our developer partners with time to make any needed updates to the hundreds of thousands of products built using Twitter's API". Currently, users can't retweet something they have said.

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