Twitter Going Beyond 140 Character Limit

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Twitter has announced that it will start rolling out changes that will allow users to tweet more than 140 characters at a time.

Thankfully, this is not the 10,000 character limit that was hinted at earlier this year — rather it will be a change most will agree is a fantastic update.  Twitter CMO Leslie Berland has provided some details on the changes.  Here’s what’s up.  

The following things will NOT count against the 140 character limit, giving you more space to actually write:

  • When replying to another user, usernames (i.e. @EmpireStudiosNY or @Support)
  • Hyperlinks (which can take up to 23 characters presently)
  • Photos & videos (which take up to 24)
  • GIFs (which also take up to 24)
  • Polls
  • Quote tweets

This is a big deal for anyone using Twitter, as you won’t have to worry about including that link with your tweet when super short on space.  We’ve all been there — we punch in some brilliant tweet and then decide it would be a whole lot better with a photo, or a link would provide more value.

B4 long ur tweet looks like presmartphone txt msg 2 cram all info in w/pic.

These changes are not likely to start for the next few weeks or months, as Twitter allows time for it’s developers to catch up and prepare for it.

While the 10,000 character limit is not off the table, thankfully that’s not on the horizon in the near future.

What do you think of the change?  Was it fine the way it was?  Would you prefer they just open it up to a 10,000 character limit?  Sound off in the comments below.

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