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. "For fairness, we chose 140. Now texts are unlimited. Also, we realize that 140 isn't fair — there are differences between languages. We're testing the limits. Hello 280!" Some users will find they can now add 280 characters, double the number before, to individual posts. Many view Twitter's previous 140-character count as an unnecessary limitation while others view it as a service-defining characteristic. The company has already made moves to expand the number of characters available within tweets by removing usernames and links from the character count altogether. Twitter is testing expanded tweet lengths with a small number of users before rolling it out across the service. It didn't say how long it might be in testing.
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 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.
Instagram to Reveal How Many Times Videos Are Watched
Instagram today said users will soon see how many views their video posts receive. Instagram says it is adding this data because view counts are "the most widely expected form of feedback on video." The view count will appear where previously the app showed the number of likes.
Twitter to Make It Easier to Read About Places and Things
Twitter is testing new ways to surface content about locations and products that might interest users. First, it is experimenting with a feature called Place and Product pages.
All Twitter Users Gain Access to 280-Character Tweets
Twitter today made it possible for all users of the platform to compose and publish tweets as long as 280 characters. Since its 2006 launch, Twitter has limited posts to 140 characters, though over the years it has made it possible to add content such as links, photos, and hashtags without chewing up the character count.