Media, links, and @replies will no longer be counted towards a tweet's 140 character limit Twitter confirmed, giving users more space to interact.
Twitter is slowly relaxing its strict 140 character limit for tweets, which also included any links @mentions, media, images, or usernames. However, the company says that it will stop counting these types of characters in a tweet, meaning users can include media, links, and @mentions while still getting their 140 characters to play with.
It goes without saying that users have been asking for this change for some time, although another new difference will not appeal to some users. Twitter also announced that the use of @ as a reply feature will no longer be used.
With rumors that the company will also raise the 140 character limit, it seems that Twitter is trying to refresh a system that has largely stalled from a financial perspective. Twitter announced the changes in an official blog, and here's what is going to be different:
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.
You won't see these changes right now as Twitter says they will be landing in the coming months on all platforms, including the Windows 10 app.