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.
Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday
KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.
According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.
President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.
As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.
Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.Follow @gorkhapost