140 Characters is Dead, Long Live 140 Characters

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Do you feel that? There’s a shift happening in the Twittersphere… As of this week (commencing 19th September), your tweets are now going a lot further. How? Twitter has changed the way that characters are counted in your tweets. Gone are the days of having to shorten your tweets using “old-skwl txt sp3ak” to ensure you have enough characters spare to post a GIF. Twitter has heard your cries and it’s removing the count for media attachments; this includes images, GIFs, videos, polls and quoted tweets. Giving you more space in terms of valuable characters to play with.

This is a bigger deal than you might think. Here’s what’s in the social network’s latest update:

In the alleged words of Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus “Change is the only constant in life”. Whilst some users might hit back at the idea of extending the maximum number of characters used in a tweet, I feel that it’s a good middle-ground, and Twitter has recognised the importance of visual media and its role in enriching our news feeds by accommodating the demand. Just try not to go too mad with images, polls and GIFs in every one of your tweets. But if you do fancy getting on the GIFs then go ahead and read my blog titled Never Gonna GIF You Up.