Since it launched 10 years ago (March 21, 2006) Twitter has led and defined the era of social media, yet Twitter itself has changed relatively very little. There have been updates, but while the Twittersphere has occasionally imploded at some of the changes the maximum length of Twitter posts has remained unchanged… until now.
Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a multimedia-rich platform for fast, direct communication. We’ve all been forced to get creative to deliver our message on a limited, highly defined platform. Enhancements over the past 10 years to Twitter messaging include:
- NFL game broadcasts
3 New Twitter Features
Tweets Can Now Be Longer
Twitter’s 140-character limit is not changing (for now), but attachments and shared tweets no longer count toward your limit, so your tweets containing these items can now be longer.
1. Attachments Don’t Count
Photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets attachments don’t count as characters.
2. Replies Don’t Count
@names aren’t included in the 140-character count when you reply to tweets.
3. Retweet Yourself
You can now Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself. The original Tweet date remains the same, but your post now appears higher in your feed.
Watch this video from Twitter explaining the September 19 Twitter updates:
Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC
— Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016
3 Twitter Updates We Want ASAP
We love Twitter’s new features, but here’s MacManda Media’s Twitter feature wish list:
1. Edit Tweets
We make mistakes, rather than deleting our bad tweets and starting over, we want to edit our Tweets.
2. Don’t Count Links
If you’re not going to count media attachments, don’t count article links either!
3. Get Rid Of .@
Tweets that start with a username require a .@ to reach everyone, not just your followers.
Read here what features other Twitter users are requesting: What feature would you like added to Twitter?
According to Twitter:
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.