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Twitter Extends 140-Character Limit

Twitter has extended its character limit of tweets to 280. Twitter will allow users to use the new character limit to its full extent, with user handles and media attachments excluded from the character count. User handles (@names) and media attachments (photos, GIFs, videos and polls) will no longer use up characters in characters in tweets.

Twitter 280 character count

In June, the company started letting users retweet themselves. Previously, users were only able to retweet others. They now have the option to retweet something they said years ago, or add more context to a previous tweet.

Other updates in the revamp, which have not all been rolled yet, include dropping the required dot before a user’s username – if they want the tweet to be seen by more than the sender and recipient’s shared followers. Twitter says a new feature will allow replies to be broadcast to all followers.