Twitter's long-anticipated announcement goes live today: photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quoted tweets will no longer count towards the 140-character limit. Twitter is also testing a way to get rid of the ".@" convention, so that tweets beginning with an @username will be broadcast to all followers, rather than behaving like a reply. So if you're tweeting through one of Twitter's official apps, the usernames you are replying to will appear in the heading of your compose window instead of being listed in the body of your Tweet.
Users of the an outdated app would have little weird experience or cut off for awhile. Finally, there's no word yet on that rumored feature allowing users to attach longer text blocks or, you know, more useful anti-troll tools.
Twitter DM product manager Sachin Agarwal told The Verge - “It’s the No. 1 request we get from folks. They want to be able to say what’s on their mind and be themselves...”
In addition to the changes outlined above, twitter also has plans to help you get even more from your Tweets. We’re exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations.
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