Twitter Blows Up the 140-Character Limit

By William Turton on at

Twitter just announced that @mentions, pictures, and quoted tweets won’t count towards the 140-character limit for tweets, meaning twitter users can fit more vitriolic crap into a single tweet.

Twitter says the change will roll out in a few months, as social media becomes clogged with gifs and pictures, Twitter needed to give their users a little bit more breathing room. But that doesn’t mean that users won’t have a fit over the change.

The change also means that @replies, or tweets that being with the username of another Twitter user, will reach all of your Twitter followers. Additionally, you’ll be able to tweet and quote tweet yourself. This is great news for Twitter power users, but it doesn’t look like it’s doing anything to help Twitter’s flailing business plans. The company has been struggling to convince advertisers that ads on their service are more valuable as Facebook, and attempts to increase revenue haven’t gone so well either. Twitter is getting desperate, and it's hoping this change will make the site more attractive to users who have found it too complicated and confusing in the past. [Twitter]