Twitter has redefined what will now count towards the preset 140 character limit on posts

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  • Posted: September 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

Of late Twitter has been busy reshaping their user experience. It could be that the pressure from the other social sites like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook is hitting on them. They have been left with no choice but to innovate new solutions to try and maintain current users and also to woe new ones into adapting it. Failure to do this will see thousands of advertisers flocking out of the platform and we do not want to imagine what will become of it when that finally happens.

Just yesterday Twitter rolled out new changes related to its classic 140 character limit on posts. The new changes will allow users to add some content to their posts that will be immune to that limit for the first time.

As revealed by the social network itself, photos, videos, GIF files and other media that are placed in  posts will now not count towards the preset 140 character limit. That also goes for polls and any quoted Tweets in messages.

The following is the tweet shared by Twitter in regard to these new changes:

Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters.

– Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016

This will definitely not be the first time the company has made changes to its 140 character limit. Sometime last year it did away with the 140 character limit barrier for direct message (DM) posts. According to Recode, the company once considered increasing the limit to a whopping 10,000 characters, but the idea was scrapped off.

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It also important to recall that earlier this month Twitter still introduced some new changes to its platform. The changes introduced were typing indicators, read receipts and web-link previews. We reported about the same in this blog post.

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