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It’s Official: Twitter Will No Longer Count Usernames, Media In Tweets

Uzair Ghani
Posted May 24, 2016
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Twitter has officially announced a major change to its service today, revealing that the social network giant won’t be counting @ handles and media as characters in a tweet, giving users more area to write their thoughts in the 140-characters space. Apart from that, a bunch of other handy changes have been outlined as well.

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Apart from the above mentioned changes, Twitter has announced a handful of other things as well that will enhance the overall experience for users. For instance, you can now retweet and quote yourself, which is a perfect way to pick out one of your old tweets and prove a point to someone.

The complete set of changes as per Twitter are as follows:

-Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

-Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

-Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

-Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. 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.

All these changes sound well and good, but users should be well aware of the fact that these changes will be rolled out in the coming few months and not immediately. This will give developers a good heads-up time to update their services and whatnot that tie in well with Twitter. Hence, if you’re a developer, now’s the time to get started in updating your app or service.

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In its official announcement post, Twitter made it clear that it’s constantly working in the background to make sure users get ‘more’ from their tweets.

In addition to the changes outlined above, we have plans to help you get even more from your Tweets. We’re exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations.

It was only a week back we got wind of news that Twitter would be making these changes, and today everything has been officially confirmed. This is also a sign that Twitter is doing all it can in its power to improve its service at every possible turn.

As soon as these changes are live for majority of users, we will definitely inform our readers about it. Till then, hang in tight, and pray these changes hit our timelines sooner rather than later.

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