Twitter has confirmed that it would be rolling out an update to its official Twitter app which will be bringing option to have Longer Tweet conversations along with sharing photos,GIF without effecting the count of characters.
The company CEO confirmed that the new character length update would be rolling out on Sept 19th Monday.
Speaking about the new changes to the 140 character limit, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, said:
“This is the most notable change we’ve made in recent times around conversation in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters. I’m excited to see even more dialogue because of this.”
Here’s what’s changing:
- Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140 character limit allowing for easier conversations with other users.
- Media attachments: Photos, GIFs, videos, polls or Quote Tweets won’t count as characters within a Tweet.
- Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: This will allow you to Retweet your own messages if you feel like a good one went unnoticed.
- Removal of .@: New Tweets that begin with a username will be broadcast to all of your followers meaning that the .@username convention is no longer needed. If you want a reply to be seen by your followers you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.
Currently we are not sure as to all these changes will be rolled out in one update on Monday 19th Sept or in smaller updates keeping in view that the company might like to test on how some of the features will work before a wider roll out.