We called for change: and change has come.
Twitter, the advocate of the 140 character limit is due to alter its policy on character limits in a move which will make social media usage more advanced for businesses, organisations and users round the world.
Part of the joy of Twitter for many years now has been mastering the art of reducing a Tweet to 140 characters. By using abbreviations, symbols, emojis and short-hand we have strived to deliver a message in the most condensed and concise way possible to great effect.
However, Social Media users now crave more than just words and phrases. Images, GIFs and web URLs dominate our News Feed on a daily basis, and so Twitter has responded by bending its own rules; bending them for the better.
Check out this post from the Twitter Blog by Todd Sherman (@tdd) where he outlines that Twitter will not include certain key elements of a Tweet in the character limit, specifically @names and media attachments. This means that you will be able to reply to your clients, contacts and connections without worrying that their @name may take up a large chunk of your character limit. You can also attach media whilst still being able to construct a quirky, concise accompanying Tweet of up to 140 characters – a breath of fresh air.
These Twitter changes, amongst others, are coming soon: and I for one can’t wait.
What are your thoughts on the forthcoming changes? I’d love to know! Be sure to leave a comment below.
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