In follow up to an announcement made last May, Twitter will be implementing changes to the limit of characters users are able to tweet in a single post on September 19th.
Those who struggle to fit their news/emotions/quotes within 140 characters – including myself – will now have more space to express themselves. Rather than expand the limit and risk losing users who enjoy the short updates which Twitter provides; the social media giant has implemented these changes in only a few instances.
In a screengrab of a statement written in iOS notes back in January, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey stated the 140-character limit on Twitter was only implemented to make tweets fit into SMS messages but he now loves it and doesn’t want to “lose that feeling,” of creativity and brevity.
Beginning on September 19th, media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls, etc.) and quoted tweets will no longer be limited by the count. Usernames, when they’re at the beginning of replies, will also no longer count, which should reduce your annoyances in half.
“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,” CEO Jack Dorsey told The Verge in May. “I’m excited to see even more dialog because of this.”
While some of the changes are due to roll out next Monday, it’s not clear whether it’s a gradual rollout or if all the aforementioned will stop counting towards a user’s character limit at once.
This would be great news for Twitter, of course, which has struggled to get new users onto the platform, and would certainly love people tweeting more often.
Have you tried Bigtweet?
Bigtweet enables Twitter users to send tweets of up to 280 characters even if you’re not on the profile page. It is a bookmarklet which breaks up tweets of up to 280 characters into multiple sections and sends it to your Twitter profile from any webpage you’re browsing. Not only that, this impressive Web tool provides tons of special unicode characters such as smiley face emotions, music symbols, trademark signs and many more. All these makes your tweets more lively!
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