More Twitter updates

Last week we posted a blog on a recent report suggesting Twitter will be increasing the character limit. Yesterday Twitter confirmed this development and announced a series of other new changes coming our way. These will be rolled out over the coming months.

Twitter updates:

Relax on 140 character limit:

[icon type=”check3″ color=”#26a29a” size=”20px”] Attachments like photos, GIFs, videos and polls will be excluded from the 140 character limit. This will give more room for words.

[icon type=”check3″ color=”#26a29a” size=”20px”] When replying to a tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will allow you to fit more words into your reply and make having conversations on Twitter easier.

Retweet and quote tweet yourself:

[icon type=”check3″ color=”#26a29a” size=”20px”] You’ll be able to retweet or quote tweet on your own tweets. Previously you could only do this on tweets from other users.

Tweets beginning with a user now visible:

[icon type=”check3″ color=”#26a29a” size=”20px”] Tweets that begin by mentioning a user, but are not replies to other tweets, will now be visible in all followers’ timelines. Previously you could only see these tweets if you were following both accounts. This means you’ll no longer have to use the “.@” convention, which people adopted to ensure their tweets were widely visible.

These changes won’t be available for a few months yet. We think they’re a positive development and look forward to the rollout.