Twitter to Stop Counting Photos, Usernames Toward Character Limit

Twitter will soon allow users to include more content in their tweets, even without increasing the platform’s 140-character limit.

Twitter will soon allow users to include more content in their tweets, even without increasing the platform’s 140-character limit. Specifically, Twitter announced four new features coming to the platform over the coming months, including two tweaks to the way a tweet’s character count is measured.

First, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character limit, so users can add more words to their replies without removing usernames from a conversation.

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In addition, media attachments such as photos, GIFs, videos, polls and quote tweets will no longer count toward a tweet’s character limit. This feature was originally rumored by Bloomberg earlier this year.

Next, Twitter will introduce the ability for users to retweet and quote tweet their own tweets.

Finally, Twitter is removing the need for users to place periods before usernames when they want tweets to be viewed by all of their followers. Instead, Twitter said, “New tweets that begin with a username will reach all of your followers … 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.”

Readers: What do you think of these upcoming changes ?