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Twitter Expands Character Count for Tweets

By Joe Mulvihill
Twitter users break free from 140-character limit

Have you ever been frustrated by only having 140 characters when you are trying to state something on Twitter? Or did you relish the limitation and view it as a challenge to concisely say what you wanted to say? Well, as of this week, you should no longer have this full limitation imposed upon you.

The 140-character limit will remain; however, according to The Verge, “media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls, etc.) and quoted tweets will no longer reduce the count. The extra room for text will give users more flexibility in composing their messages.”

We first covered the rumor of Twitter expanding the character limit of a Tweet in February. Nothing was really discussed after this for a few months though. In late May, Twitter posted a blog article outlining the possibilities of adjustments they were working on in the coming months. In particular, they described planned changes to replies, media attachments, retweets and quotes.

The wait is over. Checking Twitter right now shows these changes have officially been rolled out.

As these changes are rolled out, the way that schools can engage with their audience will continue to be enhanced. Institutions will be able to share more robust communication, which will increase engagement with their communities. We will work this change into our social strategy and recommend that if you are managing your own Twitter presence for your school, you do the same.  

As things continue to develop in the social space, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the situation. 

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