By Scott Davis
Twitter has announced a new update reducing what counts towards its 140-character limit. “Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quote tweets no longer count toward the 140 characters. Links, however, do count toward the limit. As you may remember, the information on the possible changes to the rules first appeared in May.
In addition to relaxing its 140-character policy, Twitter also announced its was ditching the ‘.@’ format. Also, mentions will no longer show in a tweet and won’t count toward the 140-limit. It is possible to now mention up to 50 people. Meanwhile, @username mentioned in a tweet will still count as regular words in a tweet.
Earlier, the photos counted as 24 characters, leaving slightly more than 100 characters for the text. Meanwhile, the links in tweets are shortened to 23 characters.
The changes are rolling out “now”, so do not be upset is you don’t see them right away.