140 characters might seem like nothing, but somehow, after years of internet mastery and Twitter use, we've all managed to become absolute pros in expressing our thoughts, feels and ponderings within that exact limit. Give yourself a pat on the back, 'cos it's kinda impressive.
But after ten years of deciding which spelling or grammatical error you'd have to make in sacrifice to make your tweet fit the limit, Twitter has FINALLY decided that we all deserve a liiittle bit more room to play around with.
This afternoon, Twitter has announced that it'll be making some major changes to what counts toward your 140 characters, meaning that life is about to get SO much easier. AWOO.
Twitter has confirmed that things like @names in replies, photos, GIFs and polls will no longer use up all of your valuable character space within a tweet, giving you loads more room to say what needs to be said in your own words.
Here's what will change over the coming months:
- 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, and you won't have to cut your words in half 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 actual words, AWOO.
- Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: The retweet button is coming to your own tweets, so you can easily retweet or quote yourself if you 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, so you'll no longer have to use the ".@" technique to broadcast tweets. If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to retweet it and signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.
Well that's the best internet-related news we've heard for a while.