Twitter Dropping Handles and Media Attachments From 140-Character Limit Starting September 19

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twitterlogoTwitter's planned update that will make additional characters available for tweets is coming on September 19, reports The Verge. As was announced in May, Twitter will stop counting Twitter handles, photos, GIFs, polls, and other media content within the 140-character limit allowed for each tweet, leaving more room for text.

All @names, such as @MacRumors, will no longer count towards the 140-character count, nor will media attachments, retweets, or quoted tweets, but links will still eat up 23 characters.

Twitter declined to comment publicly on The Verge's leaked release date, nor is a source for the launch date given, but the change has been in the works for months. Twitter announced the news early to give its developer partners time to make any needed updates to products using the Twitter API.

Twitter has used a 140-character restriction for each tweet since it launched in 2006. Reports earlier this year suggested the microblogging site was considering eliminating the 140-character limit altogether, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later said the limit will remain in place. Still, Twitter has been exploring ways to allow people to better express themselves and has said it has additional plans to make existing uses easier and enable new ones.

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50 months ago

Drop the character limit.

No way. The character limit is what prevents massive spam posts no one wants to see.
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50 months ago
Now before someone posts the inevitable "now let us edit tweets" post...

Think about it. Someone tweets something, you retweet it, then that person edits it without you're knowledge. It can create a bunch of problems.
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50 months ago
Honestly if it were not for Donald Trump I don't think I would even remember Twitter still exists. it's so 2 years ago.
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50 months ago

Now before someone posts the inevitable "now let us edit tweets" post...

Think about it. Someone tweets something, you retweet it, then that person edits it without you're knowledge. It can create a bunch of problems.

Any other non-existent posts in this thread you'd like to comment on?
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50 months ago

Spam-mentions of hundreds of users per tweet starts effective September, 19.

One would hope there is a limit to how many users can be @mentioned in one tweet. Otherwise this will destroy the platform.

Note this post. I will not edit it. I will refer back to it a year from now when Twitter is a smoldering ruin, if they don't implement a limit. Mark my words.
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50 months ago

@i [USER=70736]@hope[/USER] @no [USER=76922]@one[/USER] @abuses @this [USER=512910]@new[/USER] [USER=26900]@feature[/USER].

That kind of stuff doesn't happen on the Internet.
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