Twitter is making it easier for its users to tweet videos, images and other forms of media: The company began to stop counting photos, videos GIFs and polls against its 140 character limit Monday. This comes four months after Twitter first announced those changes.
Also exempt from the 140 character limit are quote tweets. Twitter officially announced the changes with a tweet, which happened to be 139 characters long and include an additional video.
Say more about what's happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 19, 2016
In addition, Twitter is starting to test changes to the way replies work. Previously, users had to include the name of the person they were replying to, which again counted against the tweet’s character limit. With Twitter’s upcoming reply changes, users will be able to reply to a number of users without adding individual user names to the actual tweets.
However, those changes won’t be widely available just yet, and Twitter is cautioning users that some of their tweets “appear to cut off” during this time of testing.
Twitter has inherited its 140 character limit from its origins as a mobile service with heavy reliance on text messaging, which is limited to 160 characters. The 140 character limit was supposed to enable users to receive a tweet within a single text message, complete with the Twitter user name of the sender.
Twitter has been exploring the idea to also let users publish longer texts within a tweet, but CEO Jack Dorsey publicly committed to the idea of the 140 character limit earlier this year after a user backlash against long tweets.