As rumoured, Twitter has today announced the expanded tweets function which no longer counts selected multi-media such as gifs, pictures, videos, as well as Polls and quoted tweets towards your 140 character limit.
The expanded tweet function was announced back in May, so it’s been a long time coming, but it’s here now. In their tweet announcing the availability of the oft-requested feature Twitter shows how it works:
Say more about what's happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC
— Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016
One function announced back in May, but not mentioned here is the ability to broadcast an @ reply to all your followers. It doesn’t mean you automatically see everyones conversations, only ones that they choose to retweet. As Twitter put it when they announced it:
The updated function is expected to be switched on from server side, but make sure your app is up to date just to be sure.