MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter has put an end to rumours with the confirmation that it's revamping the 140-character tweet limit.
Rumours last week claimed that Twitter will soon allow you to squeeze more crap into your tweets by excluding multimedia from the 140-character limit, and the company confirmed today that this is happening.
This means that, once the changes roll out in the "coming months", photos, videos, hashtags, Vines and more will no longer be included in the limit. However, Twitter doesn't mention whether links are excluded.
Names will no longer count towards the limit, though, and Twitter is revamping replies further by getting rid of the [email protected] convention that people currently use to broadcast replies publicly. This means that tweets beginning with a username will soon reach all of your followers.
Our favourite incoming feature is the ability to Retweet yourself. Yes, when you do a really funny tweet and it doesn't get enough likes and Retweets to satisfy your ego you can share it with all your followers again.
"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," Twitter said in a blog post.
These changes will be rolled out to all over the coming months, but Twitter is letting developers know all about it now.
"The updates have a significant impact on tweets, so we want to provide our developer partners with time to make any needed updates to the hundreds of thousands of products built using Twitter’s API," the firm said.
Twitter's revamp is only just official, but news of the extended character limit has already gone down well with the social network's users.
About time! // Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit https://t.co/h5r2dRGl1a— Sean McEmerson (@seanislegend) May 17, 2016
Twitter has said that users can expect more changes, although it was pretty vague about what is coming.
"In addition to the changes outlined above, we have plans to help you get even more from your tweets," the firm said.
"We’re exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections and conversations." µ
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