Technology: 5 recent Twitter features that have made tweeting better

May 18, 2016, 14:24 IST | Midday Online Exclusive

Micro-blogging site Twitter recently announced an upcoming feature, which will stop counting photos and links against the 140-character limit, thus enabling users to post longer tweets. A look at other modifications that have occured in recent months...

Twitter features

Say 'Hello' to longer tweets: Attaching links and photos currently strikes out 23 and 24 characters respectively off a tweet's character count which often requires thinking in unconventional ways to convey what you mean in your tweet. The change looks more tuned in comparison to earlier reports by Twitter to increase the 140-character limit to 10,000. Twitter is hoping that it will make the service more approachable to users. (Read more)

Twitter's 'Connect' tab: Twitter launched a "Connect" tab earlier this May, a new feature to help you figure out which relevant accounts you would like to follow. The "Connect" tab will also make it easier to connect with your friends and family by giving you the option to automatically sync your address book. (Read more)

Twitter has better search: Twitter Inc's introduction of a search function for moving images that was relased in February this year, commonly used on social media prompted users of the website, to tweet their own pictures expressing enthusiasm over the feature. Twitter said in a blog post that users could search and browse a GIF library when composing a tweet or direct message. (Read more)

Threaded conversations for easier replies: Tangled conversation threads became history in June 2015, when Twitter announced in a blog post about its decision to deal with replies to tweets similar to how it deals with conversations on the home timeline. Until then, replies to tweets have traditionally been organised chronologically. (Read more)

Re-tweet with comment: Twitter launched the 're-tweet with comment' in April 2015, which allowed users to add a tweet to their own tweets, which let users say more about the original message. This new feature enables Twitter users to add 116 characters of additional commentary to the existing 140-character limit for a quoted tweet. Previously, Twitter let users embedded quoted tweets by cutting-and-pasting its URL, but 'retweet and comment' lets you do that by just pressing a button. (Read more)

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