Finally an end to “Twitter’s 140 character limit” saga

11 January, 2017 | By Aapt Dubey

It is often believed that a thought well described in few words is enough to give a clear picture of entire scenario. This being the motto of Twitter ever since it is launched is about to change. On September 19, Twitter is set to raise its character limit, may be not by a huge margin but rather a slight nip but enough to make the users happy. It is an added bonus for those who are currently unable to add images, polls, web links and GIFs, which are counted in the 140 character limit.

The announcement was already made months earlier i.e. in May allowing its current users to get use to the idea of being more flexible in their approach of framing a more expressive message. It is definitely going to offer a breathing space for the users to choose their words without any dilemma of deleting the image, link or any text. Another added perk to this feature is that the username will not be included in the character count of the tweets anymore, further smoothening the experience of the user, especially those coming from the social networking sites such as Facebook.

Recently the CEO and co-founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey quoted after the announcement that “This is the most notable change we have made in the recent times around conversation in particular and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters. I am excited to see even more dialog because of this”.

There is still some scepticism about whether all the above-mentioned changes will be infused in the software at one go or at various time intervals. Facebook being a step in the ladder of competition, there was some contemplation regarding the longform content format like Facebook. However, the good news is that Twitter will remain Twitter retaining its true essence and not being turning into a Facebook Xerox.

Moral of the of the story: no more banging your head on the wall to decide which words (images, links, GIFs) to keep and which one to discard.


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