Saturday 3 December 2016

Twitter has finally dropped 140 character limit – here's how

Published 20/09/2016 | 18:16

The company has changed how the 140 limit works.
The company has changed how the 140 limit works.

Twitter has finally dropped the restriction of its 140 character limit – in a way.

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Or rather, the company has changed how the limit works.

Images and other media - which are vital for the construction of that attention-grabbing tweet - will no longer be counted towards the limit.

So while the 140 character limit remains, but it won't seem nearly as restrictive.

Twitter says the loosening is to allow users to “say more about what’s happening”.

Furthermore, when a user replies to a tweet, the username of the person it’s sent to will no longer be counted as part of the limit.

The changes are part of Twitter's aims to make the social media platform more welcoming.

Twitter has around 313 million active monthly users, compared with Facebook’s 1.7 billion.

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