Complaining on Twitter is now easier than ever. The micro-blogging social network will no longer count images and other media in the 140 character limit. Twitter announced the change back in May this year, and it has finally been implemented. Media includes photos, videos, GIFs, @usernames, polls and quoted tweets will not be counted in the 140 character limit that Twitter has been famous for.
Essentially, Twitter is changing what it counts as a “character” in a tweet. When you reply to a tweet, the person/company’s handle will not be counted in the character limit. However, if you mention someone else in the tweet, that handle will count as part of the 140 character limit.
The change is part of Twitter’s efforts to make the social network simpler to understand. The company says it will be introducing more changes soon. ”In addition to the changes outlined above, we have plans to help you get even more from your Tweets. We’re exploring ways to make existing uses 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,” wrote Todd Sherman, Senior Product Manager, Twitter, in a blog post.
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