Twitter has changed the rules!!!
One thing I like about twitter is that it encourages conversations even better than in-person debates; you know how some people like the sound of their own voice and instead of debating/discussing you end up JUST listening to them… Better conversations on Twitter are mainly due to it’s character limit BUT 140-characters have always seemed too limiting to often say exactly what you want to communicate to your followers and include a photo or some media like the popular funny GIFs.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for twitter is to strike a balance by increasing their 140-character limit to a number that is ideal for decent conversations hence allowing more relevant complete conversations. Of course we don’t want the character limit to be so long that we now have to read through “text books” of words before we can rebut or give our thoughts; that in my opinion would defeat the reason why Twitter can be the biggest online conversation platform and potentially overtake Facebook in it’s user-base.
Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters.
Above is the tweet from the company I saw yesterday, on September 19, 2016. It appears Twitter has listened and heard the cries from it’s user base and perhaps is trying to tap into that user-base (people like me) that has often opted for Facebook because it does allow for more characters than twitter. Well, the company has not technically increased the number of characters but it has essentially reduced what qualifies towards the 140-character limit. It was always frustrating to use twitter and try and figure out how to say my point without exceeding the 140-character limit plus add quote tweets or media to my tweet. Now the media or quote tweets will not count towards the character limit and this may be the winning compromise for twitter. I know that with this rule change, I again will re-launch my hobby to share online fitness tips through my dormant twitter account.
Summary of changes:
- 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.
What about you? Do these change affect you? Will this push you to use twitter more or to open an account if you have not yet been using Twitter? Tell us your thoughts and share what you use Twitter for in the comment section below titled ‘Share Your Thoughts Here”.
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