Twitter stops counting photos, videos, GIFs in 140-characters


The day has come when you can write more on Twitter, well not exactly, but now your 140-characters will not count photos, GIFs, videos and polls. So basically you can use all the 140-characters for your tweet. The company rolled out the feature on Monday night.

The latest Twitter feature allows users to utilise 140-characters for text, while not counting media attachments. The new character limit update is also applicable for “quote tweets”. This means if you are retweeting someone else’s tweet while adding your own words to it, you’ll have the full 140-characters set to use.

The company seems to have updated the Twitter app on Android. Twitter’s Google Play Store page says “A few updates to make Twitter even better. Happy Tweeting!” along with Sept 19 as latest update. You can either update it manually or wait for the update to show up in your phone.

Twitter on iOS has also been updated, it reads “Count fewer characters! Now adding a picture, video, GIF, poll or Quote tweet won’t cut into your 140 character count”.

Earlier last week a report had suggested that the company is all set to launch its new character limit from September 19. The report was in line with Twitter’s announcement in May, when senior product manager Todd Sherman had said, “In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters.”

Sherman had also hinted that the update will allow users to tweet without adding ‘.’ before another user’s name. At present a tweet, which starts with a username, doesn’t show up on the Twitter’s feed.

“New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) 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,” wrote Sherman in May.The reply/retweet feature was expected to be rolled out with the character limit update, but it seems the company has some other plans.

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