Twitter earlier this year confirmed that its signature 140-character limit for tweets was here to stay. The company however confirmed plans to change the way it counted those 140 characters back in May, without announcing a date when it will be implemented. A new report indicates that Twitter will start executing the new changes for 140-characters limit from September 19.
With the new changes, the tweets will no longer count the usernames toward the 140-character count. Apart from usernames, tweets will also stop counting media attachments such as images, gifs, videos, polls, or even quote tweets as characters within your Tweet.
Announcing the new format back in May, Twitter had claimed that the new changes would make conversations on the platform “easier and more straightforward.” The Verge report, which cites two people familiar with the company’s business, however notes that “plans for the rollout could change.” Unfortunately, Twitter is yet to reveal a date for the new changes to tweet characters limit.
Apart from the above changes, Twitter will also enable the retweet button on user’s own tweets which will allow retweeting or quoting tweets. At this moment, it is not clear whether all the changes will be in effect from next week only or the changes will roll out gradually.
Back in May, Twitter apart from making a general announcement about the new changes had notified developers and said that the updated would be available over the coming months.