Earlier this year, Twitter announced that they would revise their 140-character limit rules to exclude media and names, and if you’ve been waiting for it, it’s finally here. The social networking company just announced photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quotes would not be counted against the character limit.
With this update, you can attach any photo or video you wish, or simply share a GIF or poll, and the 140-character limit will remain unaffected. The same goes for retweet and Quote Tweet though, if you include a link to another tweet, that would count as normal.
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
According to reports, Twitter will also extend this to @names, which means that you can reply and tag as many friends as you want, and it will not the character limit. This is currently available only to a small group of users, and according to the initial announcement, this will only apply to @replies; an initial tweet with @mentions will still appear in the tweet and count against the character limit.
The update is now live, and should be available immediately to all users, so check it out and tweet away.