Is It Time Twitter Changed?
From a small social network to one of the biggest social media channels in the world. Twitter are constantly evolving and changing to not only keep their audience interested in using their platform but also to stay ahead of their competitors like Facebook. In the past few months Twitter have been adding more and more functionality to their platform. You can now host a poll for your community to take part in, reply to other users more quickly and efficiently by using the GIF button allowing you to choose from a varied and wide choice of graphic interchange format. But they have a lot more planned for it’s users than polls and GIF’s.
What Are Twitter Planning?
But what other changes are Twitter planning? Well Twitter’s Product Manager Todd Sherman posted this on Twitter’s blog section on Tuesday.
You can already do a lot in a Tweet, but we want you to be able to do even more. In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters. Here’s what will change:
- Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.
- Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!
- Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed
- Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.
What Do You Think The New Changes?
What do you think about all of the new changes that are we are going to get in the next few months? Have they peaked your interest in using Twitter more? We would love to find out, let us know in the comment section below.
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