Twitter’s New Rules To Relax 140 character Limit Go Live

In May, Twitter announced some rule revisions in its service, and they are now live. Twitter is currently cutting down on its 140 character limit. This means that media content, such as photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quoted Tweets will no longer eat their way into your character count. However, links still do.
 
 
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As you might recall, Twitter at first announced these changes earlier this year, however it had delayed their rollout so as to give the developer community some time to adapt to it.
 
Along with changing the 140 character limits, Twitter has also gone on to announce other tweaks, such as removing the “@” format. For example when a person wants to send tweets which began with an “@username” to their entire audience, something of a user-generated hack, the period ”.” avoided Twitter’s restrictions on which tweets appear in the Timeline of the followers.
 
Twitter likes to flaunt all these changes, a way in which they have simplified its service – somethings that it is doing in an effort to attract new users who would otherwise find the details of using Twitter confusing. Twitter has also seen its user growth stagnating, which had led to rumors that the service is looking for an acquirer.
 
However, the aim with its departure from 140 characters is to make the service easier for the users.
 
Given below is the summary of Twitter’s newer and simpler rules which includes even those, which were announced back in May. It is really important for you to note that the RT and QT changes were shipped just a few months back, while the @mentions and “@” changes are still upcoming.
 
  • You can now easily use only 140 characters while composing a tweet, except when you are posting a non-texting content, such as GIFs, pictures, polls and videos – all these do not count towards your 140 characters, but links still do.
  • @mentions in replies will no longer be shown in the tweet, as they are in the header in the user interface, and these, @mentions will also not count towards the 140 characters, and now you can easily mention up to 50 people. 
  • However, if you want someone to see your @reply, Twitter wants you to retweet it yourself, and also quote yourself. If you do not retweet, than not everyone will be able to see your @reply. Hence, if you are writing a news tweet which starts with an @username, then its not technically a reply, and hence will be seen by everyone. 
  • Hence, Twitter is not actually changing the rules for who will be able to view your replies, because a new tweet which begins with @username mentions is not really a reply. The only people who will be able to view your @ reply in their timeline, are those who are following you along with the person you are replying to (just like before).