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.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Vine Making Major Changes, Expands Video Length
Jun 21, 2016
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 Doubles Character Count to 280 for Some Users
Sep 26, 2017
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.
All Twitter Users Gain Access to 280-Character Tweets
Nov 7, 2017
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.