Twitter is about to make a huge change in the way that tweets work for both regular people and companies. According to The Verge, September 19th will be the day that the company cuts down on what type of content will count toward the infamous 140 character limit. Things like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, and quoted tweets will no longer count toward your character. This will give you more space to actually talk about the content of your tweet.
Twitter announced this plan back in May, but haven't revealed too much about it yet. Twitter hasn't responded to requests for comments from any news outlets, but The Verge was in contact with sources that know the business. Still, they do hedge that the change date could be altered.
Another new and highly requested adjustment is that usernames at the start of @Replies no longer count toward the limit, though they will within the tweets themselves. It is unclear whether all of these changes will happen at the same time or whether they will roll out slowly.
"This is the most notable change we’ve made in recent times around conversation in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters," CEO Jack Dorsey told The Verge in May. "I’m excited to see even more dialog because of this."
The company has previously considered it, but they never followed through with it. In January, Dorsey praised the 140 character limit, but said that when Twitter was developed, it so that tweets could fit into an SMS message. He also said that the character limit made tweets shorter and more creative, which was the original hope of the platform.
So the new limit keeps that content and creativity short, but does give you a little more wiggle room.