As expected, Twitter has officially tweaked the rules for its long-standing 140-character limit system to allow more space for people to chat in. Unlike its previous announcement about algorithm-based timelines though, the new development will probably be welcomed even by change-resistant users.
First-off, tweets are still restricted to 140 characters in spite of rumors suggesting this was about to change. Twitter is instead going to stop including @names in replies and media like Quote Tweets, photos, polls, videos and gifs in your word count. This should come as a relief to anyone who’s struggled with trying to find the perfect balance between actual text and extra attachments taking up space.
Secondly, you’ll now be able to Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself thanks to the addition of the former button appearing on your own tweets. It’s a neat way to go back to an old tweet without having to go through too much struggle, but could be abused by spambots looking to fill up your timeline with annoying tweets.
Twitter has also decided to get rid of the ‘[email protected]’ convention. The under-the-radar loophole had allowed the Twitterati to make sure a particular tweet was seen by a greater number of their followers instead of being limited to a select few which the normal ‘@’ would restrict them to. Any tweet which begins with a username can now be seen by all your cohorts.
Moreover, you can also take advantage of the newly enhanced Retweet option if you want a reply to be seen by all your followers. Other than the above changes, Twitter is further looking to introduce a number of new features in the future. It’s all part of the microblogging website’s intentions to make the platform welcoming for both existing and new users.
For now, Twitter plans to roll out the new system over the next couple of months. The breathing space is meant to give developers more time to adjust to the new regime, so you might have to wait a while before you can go tweet-crazy with more characters. If you are looking for a way to grow your Twitter followers with this new landscape, be sure to check out the Twiends Twitter Guide.