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Twitter relaxes 140-character limit for tweets

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WASHINGTON — Twitter said Tuesday it was easing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features without adding to the count.

The move comes as Twitter’s efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend.

“Over the past decade, the tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines and more,” Twitter product manager Todd Sherman said in a statement.

“So, you can already do a lot in a tweet, but we want you to be able to do even more,” Sherman said further adding that names in replies, and media attachments such as photos, videos and polls would no longer be counted toward the character limit.

He added updates would be implemented “over the coming months” and said developer partners would be given the tools to enable the change on sites that use Twitter.

Relaxing the 140-character limit, which was set due to mobile-phone text-messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006, is expected to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and links.

Another new feature will enable users to retweet or “quote” their own messages “when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed”.

Twitter will also broadcast the “reply” tweet to all followers of a given user. This will eliminate the need for a sometimes misunderstood technique in which users had to add a character to a reply to allow it to be viewed broadly.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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