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Coming soon: express even more in 140 characters

In case you missed it last week in social media news world, Twitter made some pretty big announcements. We hear you, sometimes a three day weekend will cloud the radar with priorities of staying up on the ever, fast pace changing world of social media. We've included an excerpt from the Twitter blog on May 24, 2016 by Todd Sherman, Sr. Product Manager.

These are all great changes...The question is how much of a game changer are the improvements?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | By Todd Sherman (@tdd), Sr. Product Manager [13:59 UTC]

Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more. In just the past few months we added the ability to poll your community, react quickly and cleverly with GIFs, and share and enjoy Periscope broadcasts in Tweets.

So, you can already do a lot in a Tweet, but we want you to be able to do even more. In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters. Here’s what will change:

  • 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.

Continue reading about the upcoming changes to Twitter...

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