“Some birds don’t need to be caged” And if sometimes the bird is constituted of your thoughts and quotes, a cage of word limit is something no one would tolerate! If you are also a frequent user of twitter, you definitely must have gone through the frustration of being bounded by the character limit. But now twitter is going to set you free from all the limits!
Finally, Twitter has announced that links and photos will no longer count toward its 140-character limit on tweets. The move that comes just two months after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the 140-character limit is here to stay. But now, the company is reneging on previous claims, and the relaxed limit is expected to make its appearance “over the coming months.”
Over the past decade, the Tweet 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, and share and enjoy Periscope broadcasts in Tweets.
So, you can already do a lot in a Tweet, but 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. Here’s what will change:
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 media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!
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.
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.
By not counting links and photos (which are shared as links), users will be able to type an extra 23 characters — the number each shortened link currently takes up. That means, if you share a link with an accompanying image, which adds another link to the tweet, you will have an extra 46 characters to use for writing.