Twitter’s Mentions and media, dropped from 140-character limit

  • Twitter will remove mentions and media attachments from the 140-character limit
  • The changes are expected to solve Twitter’s problem of user growth
  • But an analyst say this development would not be enough to boost the number of Twitter users

Twitter announces a major development in their service. Now, users won’t have to crunch everything into 140 words as the micro-blogging site.

Twitter said on Tuesday that the character limit will no longer contain the user names and photos and videos

Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive of the social media service, made the announcement in a tweet composed of 115 words.

“A few simple changes to make conversations on Twitter easier! And no more removing characters for images or videos!” he tweeted on May 24.

“One of the biggest priorities for us this year is to really refine our product, to make it simpler,” he said in a BBC story.

Although Twitter did not extend the number of character limit, it said that this development would make users express even more since they are now encouraged to incorporate media attachments to their posts.

“When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!” wrote the Twitter blog post.

It also said: “When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.”

The character limit of Twitter has long been an issue with many hints of finally removing it. Twitter has had a hard time improving the growth of the number of its users.

But analyst Brian Blau said in the same BBC story that the problem on user growth cannot be addressed by this change.

“The core problem is attracting new users and getting them to be loyal users over time,” he said.

“And we haven’t seen anything from Twitter yet that leads me to believe that they’re addressing that fundamental problem,” he added as the report noted the changes will be applied later in the year.