Twitter @Replies No Longer Count Toward 140-Character Limit
Twitter today improved its service a little bit by cutting @replies from the character limit. Moving forward, when people reply to an individual or to a group, the @username(s) will not count toward the Tweet's 140 characters. Twitter says the addressees' names will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet itself. Toggles will let people see who's part of the reply chain. Perhaps most importantly, @usernames won't clog the beginning of each Tweet, making the actual conversation easier to read and understand. Twitter has already removed images and other content from the character limit. The update is expected to reach Twitter's mobile apps over the coming days.
Twitter Unravels Thread Feature
Twitter today made it easier to publish tweet storms, or threads. The use of threads, a way to string together a series of tweets to tell a longer story, has risen in popularity over the last few years.
Twitter to Post Larger Images In Timelines
Twitter today said it is improving the multimedia experience of Twitter.com by changing how it handles images. Moving forward, Twitter will now show full image previews, rather than crop them.
Twitter Rolls Out Polling Feature to Android and iOS Apps
Twitter today said anyone will be able to create polls from their mobile device thanks to an update rolling out this week. Twitter says users can create two-choice polls right from the Tweet composition box.
Twitter Doubles Character Count to 280 for Some Users
Twitter executive Biz Stone today said the company is testing the limits of how many characters will work in a single tweet. "Originally, our constraint was 160 (limit of a text) minus username," explained Stone.
Vine Making Major Changes, Expands Video Length
Vine today announced a significant shakeup to its core product that it hopes will entice more people to use the video-looping app. Vine is now allowing people to capture and attach video up to 140 seconds, a huge increase from the 6-second limit that's been a core part of the service since it launched.