Twitter eases 140-character limit: Users react with wit in tweets

The new Twitter policy exempts media attachments such as photos, videos and polls from the character limit, as well as tweets that are quoted in a retweet.
The new Twitter policy exempts media attachments such as photos, videos and polls from the character limit, as well as tweets that are quoted in a retweet.PHOTO: REUTERS

Twitter on Monday (Sept 19) eased its 140-character limit on tweets, implementing a policy announced in May.

The new policy exempts media attachments such as photos, videos and polls from the character limit, as well as tweets that are quoted in a retweet.

However, this move does not entirely eliminate the 140-character limit, which was set due to mobile phone text messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006.

The move has prompted a mixture of reactions from users.

Some lamented that even with the new policy, there is still not enough space for tweets.

User @JusticeWillett lined up this witty response on Tuesday (Sept 20) over the lack of space despite the new change.

User @benthompson also could not resist an ironic dig.

Most users, however, were delighted with the expansion.

User @CouRageJD noticed the slew of changes Twitter has made recently, indicating that he "love(d) it".

Reality TV singing competition The Voice also made reference on its account to the Twitter move, and vowed to "keep on going until we run out of characters".

https://twitter.com/MisterBroRo/status/777933313969385472

Others, however, such as user @realHamOnWry, bemoaned the extended space with some dry wit.

This latest effort by Twitter to presumably increase its user base and engagement has come in the midst of concerns about Twitter's growth trend.

In its last quarterly update, Twitter said the number of monthly active users edged up to 313 million, up 3 per cent from a year ago and only slightly more than the 310 million in the prior quarter.