Twitter makes changes allowing more than 140 characters in tweets in some cases

Twitter today announced a few changes that would be rolled out on their social broadcasting platform with the aim of simplifying the experience for new users.

Twitter makes changes allowing more than 140 characters in tweets in some cases

These changes would finally allow you to insert more alphabets in your tweets as the counter would no longer include mentions and attached media in some cases.

I am not sure about one of the change where starting a tweet with a mention of a name would broadcast it to all your followers. This currently work only for users following you and the account mentioned at the start of the tweet. Twitter said that the change would end the requirement to start the mention with a dot to broadcast it publicly.

Here are the changes announced by the company:

Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.
Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!
Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.
Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

Twitter announces their native app for Windows 10

Microsoft has released Windows 10 as a free upgrade in more than hundred countries today. While folks around the world are still getting the update in a phased manner, Twitter has announced the release of their official app optimized for Windows 10 machines.

The company said:

The new Twitter for Windows 10 is a Universal Windows Application that gives you instant access to top Tweets, photos and videos without requiring a login. You’ll also see Tweets right out of the box in live tiles from the Start menu.

Features:

Twitter Live Tiles
Multiple photo Tweets — upload up to four photos per Tweet
Animated GIFs
Vine playback
Tweets with photos, Vine videos and other select content now show a preview in your home timeline
Share photos privately in Direct Messages

A whole new Twitter for Windows | Twitter Blogs

Twitter launches auto-playing videos in user streams

Twitter today announced a new feature that you might want to disable right away.

The company is now enabling videos to auto-play in user streams on their web and mobile apps.

Audio would be mute by default and users would be able to click on the videos to turn the sound on.

The company added:

Remember, you have ultimate control through your settings. You can choose to revert to the previous click-to-play experience all the time or simply have videos autoplay only when you’re connected to wifi. If you’re somewhere with high data rates or you have low bandwidth on your device, we’ll opt you out of autoplay to avoid unexpected charges or slow performance; so you’ll continue to see videos as click-to-play.

Introducing a more seamless video experience with autoplay | Twitter Blogs

TweetDeck now has an optional verification process to avoid tweeting accidentally from personal/official accounts

TweetDeck today rolled out a small but useful feature for users who manage their personal and work accounts from the same panel.

Users can now turn on a new setting named Confirmation Step for individual accounts. This option adds a checkbox to the tweeting panel which needs to be selected before the tweet could be sent.

TweetDeck now has an optional verification process to avoid tweeting accidentally from personal/official accounts

This should prevent in accidentally sending a personal tweet from an official account and vice versa.

Twitter Highlights lets you check the top tweets in your timeline quickly

Twitter continues to roll out new features for folks who are not actively using their app continuesly through the day. We have already see the super useful feature ‘while you were away’. Now we have another feature called Highlights for people who might not load the app at all for longer periods of time.

Twitter Highlights would select the best tweets of the day from the user’s timeline and show them in a scrolling slideshow. User can select to interact with individual tweets if he so desires. Twitter said:

When you opt in to receiving Highlights, you will get a notification on your phone up to twice daily letting you know your Highlights are ready. When you open the notification, you’ll go directly into the Twitter app where your Highlights will be displayed in a new interface. View them all by swiping through from right to left. When you’ve reached the last Highlight, another swipe puts you directly into your home timeline.

Initially, Highlights will be available in English to all Android users. Turn it on now by going to Settings. Select your account handle; and in the mobile notifications menu, check the Highlights box. We’re refining the experience on Android first and will consider bringing Highlights to other platforms in the future.

Highlighting the best of Twitter, for you | Twitter Blogs

Twitter working with Foursquare to improve location tagging in tweets

Twitter announced today that they are working with Foursquare improve support for location tagging on tweets.

Users would now be able to tag their tweets with specific locations instead of cryptic latitude/longitude data.

The company said:

Coming soon! We’re working with @foursquare so you can tag specific locations in Tweets.

Twitter Help Center | Adding your location to a Tweet

Twitter app now features an internal browser for rendering web pages

Twitter has already included a content reader component that reformat certain web pages removing non-content components. They are now including a proper web browser component to render pages that are not handled properly by their content distiller component.

Here is how it looks like:

This is great because on Android switching between apps (browser and Twitter app) adds unnecessary delay which is avoided by this new component.

TweetDeck would soon require Twitter based logins for all accounts

TweetDeck was once an independent company and allowed users to create independent logins to manage their accounts.

After it was acquired by Twitter, users gained the ability to manage multiple (or single) Twitter accounts by logging through a single Twitter account.

The company has announced that they are discontinuing the older login mechanism and all users would now need to migrate to the newer system.

Twitter said:

If you still use your original TweetDeck credentials to log in to TweetDeck, the time has come to make a change. By March 31, we will retire these credentials and all users will need to log in to TweetDeck with their Twitter account.

Switching your login credentials on TweetDeck | Twitter Blogs

Twitter now offering ability to embed videos hosted by them

Twitter today rolled out a useful new feature to embed videos instead of tweets on web pages.

The company recently added ability to upload and share videos right from official Twitter apps. You can now decide to embed the videos independently of the tweets.

Twitter said:

With the new embedded video widget, you can highlight Twitter-hosted video on your website, enhanced by the same JavaScript used to render Tweet buttons and embedded Tweets.

Video embeds are available for videos captured and uploaded through Twitter’s applications for iOS and Android as well as Twitter Amplify partners.

Embed Twitter-hosted video on your website | Twitter Blogs

Examples:

Tweet Embed

Video Embed

TweetDeck Teams let multiple users manage Twitter accounts

Twitter has added a major new feature update on their TweetDeck app. This one is aimed at businesses where multiple users are responsible for management of a brand account.

TweetDeck now lets you share access to the primary account with other Twitter users. There are two power roles to select: Admin and Contributor. Both of these feature settings work inside TweetDeck.

Twitter highlighted the capabilities:

Admins are users who sign in to TweetDeck with their personal account. As an admin, the user can Tweet from the account (plus build lists, follow or unfollow accounts, send Tweets and schedule Tweets), add or remove team members and view the team. An admin cannot access the account off of TweetDeck or change the credentials or password.

And contributors are those people who can Tweet from and act as the account (plus build lists, follow or unfollow accounts, send Tweets and schedule Tweets). Contributors cannot view, add or remove team members, and can not access the account outside of TweetDeck.

Introducing TweetDeck Teams | Twitter Blogs