May 26, 2016

    Twitter relaxes 140-character limit


    TWITTER is easing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages.

    The move, announced on Tuesday, comes as Twitter's efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering.

    "Over the past decade, the tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, vi-deos, hashtags, Vines and more," Twitter product manager Todd Sherman said in a statement.

    "But we want you to be able to do even more. In the coming months, we'll make changes to simplify tweets, including what counts toward your 140 characters."

    Mr Sherman said names in replies, and media attachments such as photos, videos and polls will no longer be counted towards the character limit.

    Relaxing the 140-character limit, which was set due to mobile phone text messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006, is expected to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and links.