It’s about freaking time! No longer do you have spend minutes of your precious time figuring out how to put your deep thoughts on Angelina and Brad’s divorce into only 140 characters. Launching today, Twitter now does not count photos, videos, GIFs, polls and Quote Tweets as part of your 140-character count. Links still do count, however.
Also, Twitter handles will no longer count toward the 140-character count, thus making conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers, and then if you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to retweet it to signal that you want it to be viewed by your whole audience.
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
Twitter first announced all these changes earlier this year, but didn’t roll them out until now to give people time to get used to them. The updates are part of a strategy to hopefully promote growth, something Twitter has been struggling with. To that effect, back in July the company reported not the best Q2 earnings, with just 3% user growth since the previous year.