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Thursday, 02 June 2016 14:12

Changing the Rules

Recent changes to Twitter will now allow tweets longer than 140 characters.

The service will no longer count media attachments and @names that are auto-inserted at the start of a reply toward the character limit.

Media attachments include the URL at the end of Tweets generated when a user attaches a photo, GIF, poll, Quote Tweet or Direct message link.

What does this mean?

  • Replies to groups via @mentions will allow you to substantively contribute to conversations without having to drop usernames from your tweet.

  • Users will no longer have to choose between Tweet text and image use.

It also means there are some updates to Twitter APIs that might require plugin developers to develop updates. If your site integrates Twitter streams, especially using plugins, watch for updates to be issued.

For more on this and other changes Twitter is implementing, read Twitter moves away from 140 characters, ditches confusing and restrictive rules from TechCrunch.

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