Twitter’s 140 character limit is what makes Twitter, a Twitter. Change it to a 1,000 character limit and Twitter will somewhat lose its appeal. It’s an art of its own to try composing your thoughts into a short, concise tweet.
But for most cases, it’s kind of an annoyance when Twitter takes into account media attachment URLs and mentions into the limit. These will no longer be the case soon.
Twitter made an official announcement today that they will be making some changes to its platform. In summary, the changes are:
- Media attachments will no longer count toward the 140-character limit. So you can tweet a photo, video, or GIFs and still have 140-character to express your story about it.
- Mentions (i.e @names) will also no longer count toward the 140-character limit
- Tweet beginning with a mention (i.e @names) will be seen to all followers so you no longer need to use the [email protected] workaround, which I regularly use.
- You can Retweet and Quote Tweet your own tweets, so you can resurface any of your previous tweets.
Twitter only said that these changes will be coming in the following months without any exact date. This is to allow app developers plenty of time to incorporate the change and update to their apps, making sure it’s ready when Twitter flips the switch.