• Exciting Changes Coming to Twitter

  • Let me be honest … sometimes, I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. Every time I think I’ve crafted the perfect tweet, I find that I am a couple of characters over the allowed amount. Have you experienced that, too?

    Well, the company just announced some new changes that will make tweeting more enjoyable for those of us who get frustrated with the 140-character limit. In the coming months, Twitter will make adjustments to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters. Here’s what will change:

    • 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.

    An exact date for the changes to go into effect has not been named yet, but I am so glad a change is gonna come. Stay tuned and happy tweeting!

    P.S. You can connect with me on Twitter @cheekscomm.

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