Twitter is finally doing something that its users have wanted since pretty much the start of Twitter - it is changing its long-standing 140 character limit.
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Starting today, media attachments like videos, photos, gifs, and polls will no longer count toward Twitter's character limit. This will allow you to fully explain your thoughts and still reply with your chosen gif.
The company is also looking at an option where a user's @handle will be excluded from the character count when you reply to a tweet. This will allow people to have more complete thoughts and give them 140 characters to respond - and you can still include that reaction image.
Twitter announced these changes in May, but they never actually came to fruition. The plan has been at least a year in the making (if not since Twitter began). Rumor has it that they even considered changing the limit to 10,000 characters, but that hasn't started yet - and most people can agree that we hope it doesn't. Take that kind of posting to Facebook.
Check out Twitter's announcement below:
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