20 September 2016
One of the features that makes twitter enjoyable, distinct, interesting and unique is no doubt the 140 character cap for every tweet.
Take away the character cap and twitter users become less creative. The 140 character limit brings out the best in how tweets are constructed and presented.
With the character limit, it’s easy to enjoy the direct and simple communication offered by a well-composed tweet.
Having said that, sometimes you need more than the 140 character limit to make sense with your tweets.
Imagine composing a tweet with images (gifs, jpg, png) and the images count as character? When you reply a tweet and the @names part of the conversations have already gulped up half of the 140 characters. That is one place twitter character count sucks.
Earlier in May, Twitter announced that there will be changes in how the 140 characters will be counted and the new changes went live on Monday.
Starting from Monday, Twitter has cut down on what counts towards your 140 characters.
This means sharing photos, videos, animated GIFs, polls and quoted tweets no longer count toward the 140-character limit.
Twitter is also testing out new replies that will omit usernames of the people you are replying to from the character limit. If you reply to multiple people at once, Twitter omits all of them from your tweet, according to a GIF the company shared.
This will go a long way towards fostering more meaningful conversations on Twitter, something for which the service isn’t exactly known.
The new tweaks, however, do not cover links shared. Links will still be counted as part of the 140 characters.
Twitter like other social medial platforms, likes to find a way to simplify its service so as to appeal to new users or ‘bored’ existing users and the latest tweaks have confirmed that.
What is interesting is how Twitter has jettisoned the idea of removing the 140 character limit and allow tweets go up as 10,000 characters. The idea came under heavy criticism immediately it was proposed by Twitter.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.