Twitter loosens reins on 140 character limit

2016-05-24 16:34 - Gareth van Zyl, Fin24
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Twitter. (Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP, file)


Johannesburg - Internet micro-blogging tool Twitter will move to relax certain conditions regarding its 140 character limit, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Replies using the ‘@’ symbol and media attachments such as photos and videos will no longer count toward the 140 character limit, said Twitter’s senior product manager Todd Sherman.

“Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more,” wrote Sherman.

Twitter, meanwhile, is further planning to bolt on other features to its service in the coming months.

These include a button allowing users to retweet and quote tweet themselves and doing away with the ‘.@’ convention which people use to broadcast their replies to all their followers.

“New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers,” wrote Sherman.

In August last year, Twitter dropped its 140 character limit for direct messages, or 'DMs'.

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