Twitter officially relaxes tweet restrictions
Media and links will no longer count towards Twitter's 140-character limit
Twitter has confirmed it will simplify its 140-character tweet rule by relaxing on the media and link character count.
The new tweet rules mean media attachments, such as photos and videos, will no longer count towards the character limit; @names in reply to tweets will be removed from the count; and people will now be able to retweet and quote tweet themselves, enabling them to resurface any of their previous tweets and add new commentary. In addition, any new tweet beginning with an @name will be seen by all followers.
"One of the biggest priorities for this year is to refine our product and make it simpler," said Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO and cofounder. "We're focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster. This is what Twitter is great at - what's happening now, live conversation and the simplicity that we started the service with.
"We're not giving up on the idea of Twitter being in the moment. That concept of brevity, speed and live conversation - being able to think of something and put it out to the world instantly - that's what's most important," added Dorsey.
"We're always going to look for opportunities to make Tweets a lot more expressive, and enable people to say what they want to say. As long as things are fast, easy, simple and expressive, we're going to look at what we can do to make Twitter a better experience."
Twitter has continued to make changes, such as enabling users to see live tweets quickly and improving the sign-up process, but this comes at a time where Twitter is facing a decline in active users and falling shares.