Twitter Finally Relaxes 140-Character Tweet Limit
- Gayathri Mathivanan
- September 21, 2016, 3:35 AM
Twitter now allows longer tweets after it removed photos, quoted tweets and other items from its famous 140-character word limit.
Twitter announced on Monday that it was easing its 140-character limit on tweets, in the latest effort to broaden the appeal and boost the user base of the social network.
The changes announced in May and now in effect no longer factors in certain add-ons, including pictures, into a message's length.
Media attachments such as photos, GIF, videos and polls will not count towards the 140-character limit, as well as tweets that are quoted in a retweet.
Previously, a quote tweet or image would add several characters to tweets, shortening the space users have to write, which the company said users found frustrating.
Twitter is also planning to remove usernames from the 140-character limit in replies, and will be testing the feature in the coming weeks.
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
The move comes as Twitter's efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend as it seeks to keep pace in the fast-moving world of social media.
Analysts have said Twitter needs to find new ways to boost its appeal beyond a core of celebrities, politicians and journalists, with its user base stagnant for the past year.
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