Goodbye, 140 character limit

Goodbye, 140 character limit

It’s no secret that Twitter is changing. We’re sure that social media managers across the globe will have rejoiced last week when the social media platform announced it is to ditch its 140 character limit.

Now don’t get us wrong – we think there’s a lot to be said about a tight word limit promoting creativity. In fact, crafting the perfect tweet in just 140 characters is almost a work of art in itself. And when there were talks earlier in the year that Twitter would introduce a 10,000 character limit, we almost had nightmares about it!

But this new policy, set to be introduced over the next few months, will surely make Twitter an easier, and more engaging place to connect with potential customers, influencers and the media.

So here’s what we can expect to change:

  1. Replies: ‘When replying to a tweet, @names will no longer count towards the 140-character limit.’ We all know how important it is to reply to tweets, but sometimes we just can’t fit in everything we want to say. So this new function will surely help to promote conversations – plus we’ll no longer have to leave anyone out of replies.
  2. Media attachments: In the words of the experts themselves: ‘When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or quote tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your tweet’. More room for writing! As self-confessed ‘word-nerds’, that makes us pretty happy.
  3. Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’re not too sure what we think of this function – it will allow us to retweet our own tweets. Will this one be frowned upon (similar to ‘liking’ your own Facebook post)? Only time will tell.
  4. Goodbye, .@: Currently, if we start a tweet with a username, it’s not automatically seen by our followers. This isn’t always ideal, so sometimes we’ll use a full-stop at the beginning of the tweet to make sure it appears in our followers’ timelines. But the new Twitter will allow tweets that begin with a username to reach all your followers, so no more of the ‘.@’-ing!

So, what do you think? We believe these new functions will make Twitter more attractive to new users. Plus, they’ll make our lives that little bit easier – we’ll spend a little less time chopping & changing our Tweets to convey the perfect message. It might even help those stagnant user sign ups!