Twitter will not count media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) in its 140-character limit from September 19, confirmed The Verge. The website quoted familiar sources in the company, who revealed the company plans to rollout the changes starting September 19. According to the report, usernames at the beginning of replies might not count within the 140-character word limit as well. However, these changes are expected to roll out out in phases.
Twitter, in May, had announced it aims to simplify tweets including what counts towards 140 characters. “So for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters,” Todd Sherman, Senior Product Manager, had said in a blogpost. Now, these long-awaited changes might soon be a reality.
Twitter CEO and cofounder, Jack Dorsey said in May, “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,” he added.
According to recent reports, Twitter is testing a new feature for brands that will allow users to communicate with the business via Direct Message(DM). The feature will help brands evade angry tweets directed at their account. A report in TechCrunch says a number of businesses use Twitter to interact with their customers. Twitter’s new feature will enable users to DM a brand rather than talking to it in public view.