Twitter has taken a number of steps as of late in an effort to boost user growth while simultaneously keeping existing members happy. Changes include adding a new Connect tab, reclassifying itself in the App Store from social networking to news and further improving efforts to curb bullying and abuse.
Its latest changes, however, may be the most dramatic yet.
Senior Product Manager Todd Sherman has revealed that in the coming months, Twitter will be making multiple changes to simplify tweets including what counts toward that magical 140-character limit.
When replying to a tweet, @names will no longer count toward the limit. Furthermore, any attachments added to a tweet such as photos, GIFs, videos, polls and quote tweets also won’t count against the 140-character limit.
Elsewhere, Twitter will also be enabling the retweet and quote tweet options for your own tweets. Sherman said this could be useful when you want to share a new reflection or feel like an earlier tweet went unnoticed.
What's more, the microblogging platform is doing away with .@, a workaround that people have used for tweets that start with a username. Moving forward, new tweets that begin with a username will reach all of your followers.
Sherman said the changes will have a significant impact on tweets. As such, they wanted to give developer partners time to make any adjustments to products built using Twitter’s API.
An exact timeline of the rollout wasn’t provided.