By Karissa Bell
Twitter users will soon be able to squeeze a few extra characters into some of their tweets.
The social network is changing up the rules surrounding its 140-character limit so that images, polls and user names won’t count against the site’s famous (or perhaps infamous) restriction. The changes are expected to roll out to Twitter’s apps and website “over the coming months.”
Finally, tweets that begin with user handles (@username) will surface in timelines the same way as other tweets — meaning users will no longer need to preface these tweets with a period or other character in order for their followers to see it. (Replies will still only be seen by people who follow both users in a conversation, though.)
Three new ways to make the most of your 140 characters:
Of course, Twitter users were quick to respond to the news, with many of the reactions mixed.
“In addition to the changes outlined above, we have plans to help you get even more from your Tweets,” he wrote. “We’re exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations.”