Twitter may be finally making a long-awaited update by changing the way it counts the 140 characters in tweets.
From 19 September, the social network will start to cut down what it counts as part of the word limit, reports The Verge.
Attachments including pictures, GIFs and videos, as well as quoted tweets will no longer be counted as part of the 140 characters, enabling users to cram in more words.
Usernames will no longer count towards the character limit when used at the beginning of replies, reports The Verge, which uncovered the major update.
Twitter will also be adding a new button to enable users to retweet and quote their own tweets.
It’s not clear whether all of the the changes will take place at the same time or whether Twitter will begin rolling out the tweaks gradually from the 19th.
Plans for the overhaul of the word limit were first unveiled by Twitter in May, though no date was given for the update.
Twitter was contacted by MailOnline but would not confirm the 19 September launch date.
Announcing the update in May, Twitter senior product manager Todd Sherman said:
‘In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters’.
Previously, reports that Twitter could be expanding its famous 140-letter limit to 10,000 caused a huge backlash among the site’s users.
In response to the Twitterstorm that ensued, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later confirmed that the company would not be ditching the limit, describing it as a ‘beautiful constraint’ that would not be altered.
Last week, Twitter introduced new features to its direct messages (DMs), including read receipts and live typing indicators.
The move brings the social media site one step closer to other messaging apps, such as iMessage from Apple and Facebook Messenger.
While one of the changes is the introduction of ‘read receipts’ there is good news for people wanting to remain silent – it is optional. -Daily Mail