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.
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.
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.
Twitter May Push Tweet Character Limit to 10,000
Twitter is planning to expand the scale of tweets far beyond the traditional 140-character limit, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company might permit regular tweets to reach 10,000 characters, which would match the current limit on the number of characters allowed within direct messages.
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