Twitter just unveiled some key changes to its social network in the coming months, so prepared to be #floored.
On Tuesday, the service announced new rules that relax some of its 140-character constraints, and also introduced the ability to retweet and quote tweet yourself. (You know you always wanted to.)
“We’re focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster,” Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO and co-founder, said in a statement.
“We’re not giving up on the idea of Twitter being in the moment. That concept of brevity, speed and live conversation – being able to think of something and put it out to the world instantly – that’s what’s most important,” he also said.
So what exactly do these four new rules entail? Read on to learn more:
• Reply Better
Ever have a lot of say in a Twitter reply, but found yourself without much room to actually say it? Then this one’s for you. The company announced that @names will no longer count toward your 140-character window, so now you have more space to be clever.
• Don’t Fear Media Attachments
Similar to the new rule above, attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets no longer count as characters within your Tweet.
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• Retweet and Quote Tweet Yourself
Here’s the one you’ve been waiting for. Unleash your inner narcissist (we’re not judging) and get ready to make use of the retweet button that will become available for your own tweets. Feel like that 3 a.m. witticism didn’t get the attention it deserved? Retweet or quote tweet it later so it reaches more eyeballs.
• Kiss .@name Goodbye
You know that rule that forced you to type .@name if you wanted a new tweet that starts with a username to be visible to all your followers? Buh-bye. Those tweets will soon become visible in your news feed. Meanwhile, if you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to retweet it – thanks to the rule detailed above.
What do you think of the Twitter changes? Tell us the comments below – or, you know, tweet about it.