Social media giant Twitter announced Monday that it was rolling out changes to its tweet format that affect what counts toward the 140-character limit currently in place for tweets.
The changes, which were originally announced in May, include the following:
- When you’re replying to others in a Tweet, the @ names of the users you are replying to will no longer be counted in the 140-character limit.
- Media attachments such as photos, GIFs, polls and quote tweets will no longer count as characters within a tweet. Note: If you include a link to a tweet in your tweet, the link itself will count toward the 140-character limit.
- Users may now retweet and quote their own tweets.
- Users will no longer have to use the .@ convention in order for their entire timeline to see a tweet that begins with a username. Instead, you may RT the tweet so that your timeline can see it.
Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC
— Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016
Not included in today’s changes? A simpler way to create threads without having to reply to yourself and remove your own @ name over and over again.
Now, if only Twitter would come up with a way to address the widespread harassment that happens on its platform, we might actually be getting somewhere.
Monique Judge is a freelance journalist in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter.