Twitter users will soon be able to squeeze a few extra characters into some of their tweets.
The social network is changing up the rules surrounding its 140-character limit so that images, polls and user names won’t count against the site’s famous (or perhaps infamous) restriction. The changes are expected to roll out to Twitter’s apps and website “over the coming months.”
Though not technically an expansion of its character limit, the updates will allow users to create tweets in some cases that are slightly longer than what was previously allowed. Under the new rules, photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quoted tweets will no longer count toward a tweet’s character limit. User handles in replies will also be excluded from a tweet’s character limit.
This means that replies will look a little different once the changes roll out, as user handles will no longer appear ahead of replies. Instead, Twitter will surface contextual details about the conversation outside of the tweet itself. The company hasn’t said exactly how these changes will look, but its developer guidelines, published Tuesday, offer some hints.
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