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Twitter relaxes character limit, tries to make its service simpler

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Good news for everyone who’s felt shackled by Twitter’s need to safeguard brevity through 140 sized wall. The micro blogging service has announced that it will be offering users more than the standard 140 character limit.

For every tweet multi-media attachments like photos, videos, GIFs, polls will not be considered in its 140 character allowance. The same goes for quoted tweets and usernames (@names like @Techzim) that are part of reply to a tweet.

Unfortunately, this extension of its character limit doesn’t apply for any links so that long URL will still eat into your precious 140 characters.

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Another change is the option to retweet and quote yourself, something that Twitter says it has made possible to allow users to share those tweets that sort of go unnoticed with all their followers.

According to Twitter, all these improvements which will be rolled out over the next few months have been spurred by a need to keep up with the changes in the way people communicate. Twitter also wants to make its service easier to use and understand.

Earlier this year Jack Dorsey Twitter founder and CEO mentioned how his team was considering extending the Twitter character limit from 140 to 10,000, a suggestion that wasn’t welcome by a lot of users.

Perhaps the simple additions to characters that Twitter has lined up are what will actually work for current users and help Twitter solve the challenges it has been having with the impression that it is too complicated to use.

This has affected its growth prospects as users prefer other less complicated social media platforms. In Zimbabwe, despite promotions such as free Twitter and operators like NetOne and Telecel offering Twitter bundles, it is still overshadowed by Facebook and WhatsApp.


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