It’s Official! Twitter Updates Character Count

September 19th, 2016

The long awaited and highly anticipated Twitter updates are now live. After teasing several features on their blog almost four months ago, Twitter announced today that certain content will no longer count toward the 140 character limit. 

In true Twitter fashion, they announced the updates via a Tweet. Here’s the low down, including some features that Twitter hasn’t officially mentioned:

  • Photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward 140 characters.
  • The Retweet button has now been enabled on each profile, so users can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet themselves.
  • New tweets that begin with a username will no longer need the “.@” before the handle to share with all followers.

So what prompted these changes? Per Twitter’s blog, they described how users can already “do a ton” in a Tweet, but “want users to be able to do even more.” These updates certainly help with that, and the social sphere is already rejoicing. Hundreds of people responded to the announcement Tweet in a very fitting way – with celebratory GIFs. However, several users seemed less thrilled and responded asking when an edit button would be made available; a feature that Kim Kardashian started a frenzy over close to a year ago.

While the world is still waiting on that feature, we want to know how you feel about these updates. Tell us below. Responding with a GIF is acceptable, too 😉