Report: Twitter 140-character length to change from Sept 19

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Twitter users can squeeze in more words to their tweets starting next week.

The micro-blogging platform will no longer count usernames when they’re at the beginning of replies or media attachments and quoted tweets.

A report by The Verge revealed that beginning September 19, the company will cut down on exactly which types of content count toward the platform’s 140-character limit.

The date reportedly comes from two sources familiar with the company’s business.

Media attachments that will no longer be counted include images, GIFs, videos and polls.

Twitter, which boasts of 313 million monthly active users, had been struggling to simplify its service and attract new users in the recent past.

The changes to the character count was announced in May, to overhaul some of its rules and change the way it handles conversations between users. Though a clear date was not available, Twitter users were told to brace for the change.

If the date we have stays real, @names in a tweet will no longer count toward the 140-character count, in addition to media attachments and quote tweets. Twitter users can even retweet and quote their own tweet.

“These updates will be available over the coming months. Today, we’re notifying you and our developers, so that everything works as it should when we roll these changes out,” Twitter had mentioned in a May 24 blog post.

“The updates have a significant impact on Tweets, so we want to provide our developer partners with time to make any needed updates to the hundreds of thousands of products built using Twitter’s API,” it added.

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