Twitter today announced that video lengths on the social networking site will be expanded from 30 seconds to 140 seconds long, with select publishers still granted exemption from the limit with the ability to post up to 10 minute long videos. The company called video "increasingly central to the real-time conversations happening on Twitter," and noted that video-related Tweets had increased over 50 percent since 2016 began.

To help facilitate more video views from its users, Twitter will be updating its iOS and Android apps with a new "full-screen viewing experience" that pops up whenever you tap on any tweeted video on your timeline. Everyone will be able to take advantage of the new 140-second videos beginning today, but the app update is said to be "rolling out soon."

The company is also launching a separate, all-new app focused on analytics. Called "Twitter Engage," users will be able to better understand and decipher the performance of their tweets with "real-time data and insights." The app, which is specifically targeted at "influential creators" but available to anyone who's interested, lets users track tweet activity, get notifications from the most important followers, and provide a breakdown of the highest and lowest performing tweets posted to an account.

Twitter Engage app
Similar lengthy video updates are also coming to the Twitter-owned Vine app, where a select handful of creators will be able to stretch the 6-second platform to a full 140-second video that the company equates to "a trailer for a bigger story." The video-related updates appear to be inspired around the YouTube-centric VidCon, happening June 23-25 in Anaheim, California. The company encourages those interested to follow Twitter Video for up-to-the-minute news -- and Tweets using the longer format -- coming out of the conference.

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ArtOfWarfare Avatar
104 months ago
I never really used Twitter, so stop me if I'm way outside the ballpark here. I always thought it was primarily meant to be succinct, and have character limits so people can really think about what they're saying, rather than rambling on.

Soon they'll be showing feature length films, it seems.
Right, that was the idea, but instead people did one of the following:
Replaced words with emojis and obscure abbreviations so their tweet could fit within the 140 character limit.
Did several tweets in succession.

It accomplished nothing except making it harder to communicate. Thus I never used it.
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12vElectronics Avatar
104 months ago
This is cool but I hope Twitter doesn't get carried away with times and characters. The whole point of Twitter is to keep things short and sweet.
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SMIDG3T Avatar
104 months ago
Another exclusive app for the US only. It's like Facebook Paper, that's exclusive too.

We have two of the biggest social media companies and they can't release an app in other places such as the UK, Canada etc. It's pretty pathetic.
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vooke Avatar
104 months ago
Whatever Twitter does, some will be dazzled, others will whine
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