Social Media has become an intrinsic part of our day to day life. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and many more apps help us stay connected.
Twitter is one of a kind though. It exemplifies short and sweet like no other platform. The popularity of the microblogging site has soared in the last few years. Likewise, we have seen some change or the other to make our Twitter experience better. Let’s have a look at one of the latest updates the makers have come up with.
Twitter has announced that it would lift the restriction on the word limit that included @ username and attached media.
Earlier, we were allowed to use 140 characters in a single tweet, which included the username and attached media and links. However, the GIFs, images, videos, and quote tweets have been removed already, with this change only the tweeted text and links would be counted within 140 words limit. That gives you a lot of flexibility while tweeting.
This is how your tweets would look like –
Twitter has been trying to lift these restrictions for several months by simplifying the user interface and providing the best way to tweet your thoughts.
With this new change, Twitter’s interface on mobile phones and the web will exhibit those you are responding to, with the tweet text. It will not be count within the word limit.
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If you wish to respond to any tweet, you can click on “Replying to” option to check who all are part of the conversation and would be able to see your reply. You can modify that anytime by clicking on the checkboxes that appear in the pop-up list.
The modification will let you use the word limit to its maximum limit and express yourself better. It would also make the longer conversation threads easy to read. This alteration ought to be a great hit as it would lure your attention to tweets rather than the longer chain of @usernames
Although, there is a teeny tiny bump on the road: the new replying to field is quite small. So you have to be a bit careful while replying, as you might be in illusion that you are posting a fresh tweet instead of becoming a part of a running conversation.
It’s important to check before posting your replies to some one’s tweet as everyone would not be able to see your replies on their timeline even if they follow you. They would be able to see your replies, if they are also following the recipient.
Earlier, replies and tweets of followers and following were displayed on our profiles on mobile, but earlier this month, Twitter has pushed it on a secondary tab enabling them to experience as if they are on the web.
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There has been a Twitter convention going on in which we used to put a (“.”)in front of a tweet if we wished it to be seen by everyone who follows us while referencing someone else’s tweet. To free us from the shackles of this mess, Twitter suggests you to retweet your reply or simply use Twitter Quote Tweet feature to let your followers see the tweet.
Twitter has already notified the third party developers in May who are using Twitter API to build their apps. Then again, we have to wait until this update to unveil publicly to see which developers then update apps according to this change.
As per Twitter, these modifications have been done to streamline the conversation:
- Who you are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so you have more characters to have conversations.
- You can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control whose part of your conversation.
- When reading a conversation, you’ll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet.
Twitter has set a new milestone in simplifying the user interface and allowing us to indulge in conversation and express ourselves thoroughly. Let’s see what its competitors have planned next.
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