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Express more in 140 characters on Twitter soon

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New York, May 25: Micro-blogging site Twitter is rolling out new features that will help its over 300 million users express even more in 140 characters. In the coming months, it will make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters. So for instance, @mes in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters.

“When replying to a tweet, @mes will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group,” Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday.

“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 words!,” it added.

Over the past decade, the tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines and more.

When it come to goodbye, “the changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a userme. New Tweets that begin with a userme will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the “.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast tweets broadly.)

If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to retweet it to sigl that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly. “These updates will be available over the coming months. We’re notifying you and our developers so that everything works as it should when we roll these changes out,” Twitter announced. (IANS)

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