Twitter’s expanded tweets reportedly coming on September 19th


Twitter is a great social media platform that allows you to put your views across to your followers, but one of the most frustrating things is devising the perfect tweet and finding out that the image you’ve added has bumped you well over the 140 character limit. Luckily, for the folk such as myself who keep falling into this trap, it appears that this will change in the very near future. According to The Verge, Twitter will no longer count added media as part of the 140 character limit from September 19.

This means that you will be free to add media such as images, GIFs, videos, and polls without impacting on your carefully constructed 140 character tweet. It’s something that has been on the cards for a few months and now we finally have a specific date where we can look forward to not being penalised for enriching our tweets with a suitable GIF or image. And, as a bonus, if you use someone’s Twitter handle at the beginning of the tweet, it will also not count towards the character limit.

The return of Jack Dorsey as the CEO of Twitter has resulted in some other changes that include the beefing up of Direct Messages with new features such as read receipts, a typing indicator, web link previews, as well as the live streaming of MLB, NHL games.

What do you think of the upcoming change? Would you like the character limit to be expanded past the 140 character limit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Verge

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).

  • Darkcobalt

    Removing media, links, and mentions from the character limit would help alot. The 140 limit itself should also be raised slightly, its’ a legacy from back when Twitter worked by SMS. Microblogging is a valuable platform and having a character limit helps force people to be concise, so I think a slight bump to maybe 160-180 characters could be very useful and still enforce short messages. I guess let’s see what happens after media and mentions stop counting.

    • Peter Holden

      I would agree with you, a slight rise by up to 20-30 characters would be very handy. Still, it’s an improvement. I was really frustrated back at IFA in that I would devise a great tweet, but then after adding a pic or two I would have to trim the tweet to something less than ideal.