You read that right. Twitter isn’t ditching the 140 character limit just yet (that’s one feature that stands it out) but you can now express yourself a little more.
Express yourself a little more because photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote tweets will no longer count towards your 140 characters.
Say more about what's happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC
— Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016
Reactions on Twitter have been mixed with some suggesting they would love to see an “edit” button, which will allow them edit a tweet.
@twitter ok but edit button pls
— 👌 (@ItsAHeelThing) September 19, 2016
— GothicFrog (@GothicFrog) September 19, 2016
— Hatsune Danny (@djddueces) September 19, 2016
These new features were first announced by the company back in May 2016. Already, users can Retweet or Quote their own Tweets, and don’t need to put a dot before @ for everyone to see their tweets.
This news is a slightly good development, especially since GIFs, memes, vids and whatnot are now commonplace on Twitter, and they won’t count as characters anymore.
However, Twitter shouldn’t forget a lot of its users would love to express themselves more with text (they should carry out a worldwide poll and see the results).
As such, they should look into allowing users express themselves with more text (280 characters could be a cool start). I mean Apple ditched the jack, introduced AirPods and nobody has died!!!