Twitter is on a move to let you express more in the available 140 characters. This new change is aimed to simplify tweets to enhance engagements on the microblogging network.
Even though Twitter is not completely ditching its 140-character limit, it is set to no longer count links to media attachments, @replies and @mentions within tweets. However, a tweet starts with @mentions will still be counted in the limit.
In addition to the major changes, Twitter is finally leaving the “.@” convention that currently allows you to reach some of your particular followers. This means that you won’t need to make any changes in your tweets to make them broadcast across your follower list.
“We’re focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster,” says Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “We’re not giving up on the idea of Twitter being in the moment. That concept of brevity, speed and live conversation – being able to think of something and put it out to the world instantly – that’s what’s most important.”
Twitter is planning to make the new changes available globally in the coming months. Also, it has started notifying developers to soon enable a refresh experience.
‘Exploring new ways’
The microblogging network is additionally set to explore some new ways not just to ease the usage for its existing users but also to enable new ones with its power.
“We’re exploring ways to make existing users easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations,” Twitter’s senior product manager Todd Sherman writes in a blog post.
San Fransisco, California-based Twitter has evolved its tweets in the past ten years. It added features like photos, videos and GIFs to update the initial text-only platform. Recently, the team led by Dorsey also brought some significant tweaks to its timeline to let you read some of the important tweets as quickly as possible.