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Twitter launches new longer tweets

Twitter has started to make changes to the way that tweets work. As of Monday 19 September, uploaded photos, videos and other media won’t count towards the 140 character per tweet limit. Quoted tweets no longer count either, giving users more flexibility when composing their tweets.

In a tweet on its official Twitter feed yesterday, the company said ‘Say more about what's happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters.’

We have tested these changes and they are working for us although another alteration - that usernames will no longer count when they're at the beginning of replies – doesn’t seem to be in place yet. Hashtags and @handles within tweets do still count towards the 140 character count.

Twitter first announced the changes in a post on its blog back in May. While not all changes will work for everyone straight away, they were started this week.

Speaking to The Verge about the proposed changes in May, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said: 'This is the most notable change we’ve made in recent times around conversation in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters. I’m excited to see even more dialog because of this.'

The social media network had previously considered extending the maximum length of tweets. But According to The Verge, in January, Dorsey praised the 140 limit — originally implemented so that tweets could fit within SMS messages — as a ‘beautiful constraint’ and vowed that Twitter would ‘never lose’ the creativity, brevity, and speed necessitated by the character limit.