Twitter Gives Users More Bang for Their 140 Characters
Among the changes to the Twitterstream, "@names" in replies and media attachments won't count in the 140-character limit, nor will GIFs, photos and other images.It's official: There's now a lot more one can do with a Twitter session than simply type in 140 characters and send it out for your followers to read. Last May, the San Francisco-based social network announced that improvements were in the works. As of Sept. 19, the improvements have been deployed in the social network. During the past decade, the common tweet has evolved from a simple, 140-character text message to what Twitter calls a "rich canvas for creative expression" that can include photos, videos, hashtags, Vine GIFs and streaming video. In fact, on Sept. 15, the first full-length football game was streamed via Twitter to televisions, laptops and smartphones around the world. Over the past few months, Twitter has added the ability to poll a community, react quickly with GIFs and share Periscope broadcasts in tweets.
Twitter's latest changes simplify tweets, including what counts toward the entire 140 characters. For example, "@names" in replies and media attachments (such as photos, GIFs, videos and polls) will no longer use up valuable characters.