Published: Wed, May 25, 2016
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Twitter removes @mentions and photo links from 140-character limit

The above super-simple tweets should make your whole understanding process easy peasy. There are tons of rules and restrictions that govern the 140-character limit along with plenty of unofficial tricks and tips for getting around it. The @ sign and a user's Twitter handle will no longer take away from the character count.

Coming soon to Twitter is a change in the way the 140 character limit is counted which, according to the microblogging service, will offer more real estate to express yourself.

Among the changes being contemplated are excluding users' names will not count towards the 14-character limit.

Social media giant Twitter has revealed changes aimed at making its messaging service easier to use. "No more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group".

By early this afternoon, hundreds of users had posted responses to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's tweet about the coming changes, with comments ranging from thumbs-up emoticons to "not a fan".

"You can easily retweet or quote tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or when you feel a really good one went unnoticed", explained the blog.

"What we want to do is make the Twitter experience for those who use Twitter every single day more dynamic, faster, more interesting, more expressive".

In addition, any new Tweet beginning with an @name will be now be seen by all followers. URLs pasted in a Tweet will still count towards your 140 limit.

Speaking of quoted tweets, Twitter is also adding another long-requested feature: the ability to quote and retweet your own tweets.

The biggest changes are focused on helping you stay within that pesky 140-character limit. "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".

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