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.
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.