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Twitter finally allows you to do more with the 140-character limit

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Almost a week ago, we reported that Twitter may start excluding photos, links, and user names from the 140 character limit starting from September 19th. Well, our predictions were bang on and the company has announced that starting today, a variety of additions to tweets will no longer be counted against the 140 character limit — Effectively increasing the content you can now squeeze into your tweets.

The company made a tweet to this effect,

Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters.

The company is also experimenting with another feature wherein it will also exclude user names from the said limit. This feature will be particularly useful in situations where you want to mention multiple people in your tweet, by their handles. Until now, the twitter handles took up a lot of space — assuming that you wanted to mention multiple people — and left you severely constrained while putting in the actual content.

However, Twitter’s latest update will allow you to stop worry about everything apart from content. Weather it is media, GIFs or emoticons, you can use all of them freely in your tweets, without any fear of running out of characters.

Finally, quoted tweets will also no longer eat up your 140 characters, although if you decide to include the link to a particular tweet, it will count against your quota. Many users were actually hoping for links to be exempted from the 140 character rule as well, however Twitter has kept it within the list of stuff that counts.

Meanwhile, the twitterati that has long been clamoring for a relaxation on the limit the social networking platform has put on status updates, is bound to be pleased by the development. Twitter actually designed tweets that could contain up to 10,000 characters, however, they wouldn’t really blend with the platform’s identity as a place where you have to make your letters count.

The latest update at least will enable users to use as many emoticons as they want, without any fear of Twitter losing its uniqueness.


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