The one thing we love about Twitter is the short and punchy opinion or news based tweets that are expressed in no more than 140 characters. However as much as we love it, it has caused some annoyance. Like when you want to point someone towards a link and your 140 characters run out before you can say “Jack Robins….”. You get the picture.
There were rumours at the start of the year that Twitter would be all together be scrapping the 140 character limit. Luckily, rumour or not, this hasn’t happened. There would be absolute uproar amongst you seasoned tweeters if we were to lose one of Twitters main USP’s.
So what are Twitter doing about it? Well pretty much all they can. And the results are bloomin’ marvelous!
Below are the main changes Twitter will be rolling out over the coming months to make your Twitter experience even more Twitter-rific!
- Media Attachments – Soon we will not need to use up those valuable characters to display an image, a video, a poll, or a GIF (we love our GIF’s…). All hail the written word!
- Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself – We have already seen this rolled out, and we love it! You can now retweet your own tweets or quote a previous tweet you sent out, just in case it didn’t get noticed first time around.
- Replies – Gone will be the days of running out of space because someone has the most ridiculously long twitter handle. Coming soon you will be able to reply to someones tweets without their username counting towards the 140 characters.
- .@ is no more – You see it all the time, especially from the celebrities. They put a simple ‘full stop’ before the ‘@’ symbol when including someones username in a tweet. It was to make sure that tweet appeared to their followers as well as the person they were tweeting. Well the ‘.@’ is no more. Twitter has announced that all of your tweets will now be seen by all of your followers.
So there you have it. Twitter has listened to our annoyances and have reacted in the best possible way. Long live the tweet!
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Author: Dave Williams
Dave Williams is the founder and director of onefoursix; a digital marketing agency based in Northampton. After setting up onefoursix in 2011, Dave has gone on to grow it to one of Northampton’s finest agencies. His expertise include social media, user experience and SEO.
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