You soon won’t need to cut down on words(or emojis) and remove images while using Twitter, because the company is about to introduce a big change to the platform. If you rememeber, Twitter had announced some siginificant changes to the 140-character tweet limit back in May. Well, it is now finally ready to introduce those changes for users worldwide.
According to reports from The Verge, Twitter will debut the much-awaited change on the coming Monday, i.e September 19th. It has obtained the stipulated date from two sources familiar with the matter, hence the rollout plans could differ from the aforementioned date. There is also no confirmation about the same from the company.
This new change will allow you to shove more content into your tweets as the character limit will now stop counting media attachments, polls and quoted tweets. You will now have more flexibility to express your thoughts, without having to cram more words in the form of abbreviations.
There had previously been rumors(and fear) among the users that Twitter was gonna forgo its trademark ‘140-character’ limit and increase it to about 10,000. But, the company stuck to its roots and introduced minimal but required changes to make the tweeting process a tad bit easier.
Twitter has also worked towards the exclusion of usernames from the total character limit on the platform. It has also done away with the ‘.@’ convention to improve the conversational flow. And to make their tweets visible, users now have the option to retweet their own tweets(a change that’s been already introduced).
This step was taken by founder and CEO Jack Dorsey to make the platform more acceptable and understandable to the masses. And he hopes that this changes will eventually effect the slumping number of daily active users on the microblogging platform.
One of the biggest priorities for this year is to refine our product and make it simpler. We’re focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster. This is what Twitter is great at – what’s happening now, live conversation and the simplicity that we started the service with.
said Dorsey in an official statement.
This altercation is a welcome one, and adds to the rapidly changing user experience of the platform. But mind you, this could be slow and gradual rollout where one might only receive a couple of these changes at a time. It will, however, be favorable if the company stops making us wait and atleast takes a ‘tiny’ step forward on Monday.