Twitter has introduced new ways which will enable users express themselves even more and make the most of the social media service’s 140 character tweets.
The social network says with the new updates, there will be more room for words in tweets as users will be able to add media attachments within their tweets without having to worry about reduction in the number of characters left.
In other words, when you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets within your tweet, that media will no longer count as characters so you are still left with your 140 characters, Twitter says.
Twitter also says, 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.
Twitter will 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 your really good tweet went unnoticed.
These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username, Twitter notes, stating that new Tweets that begin with a username will reach all users’ followers. That means you will 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, the company adds.
Twitter says it is notifying users and developers now so that everything will work as it should when the changes are finally rolled out, adding that the updates have a significant impact on Tweets, so it wants to provide its developer partners with time to make any needed updates to the hundreds of thousands of products built using Twitter’s API.