San Francisco, May 24: Popular micro-blogging site Twitter on Tuesday revealed its plans to discontinue with strict rules of limiting tweets to 140 characters, said this Tech Crunch report. It also said that media attachments and @names will not be counted in replies towards the 140 characters.
Links, however, will still be counted. To make it easier, while characters seen in composer interface will be counted---even if they are in links---characters for pictures, videos, polls, graphics interchange formats (GIFs) and others that are not seen will not be counted.
The change in replying to one's tweet has been thought out to make it easier for users to have group conversations.
Now, while replying to several people, one has to cut his words short. After the change, the tweet will no longer include the leading @mentions and they will be displayed differently in the user interface.
The entire plan is to make Twitter more friendly for new users. Given the social media site's stalled user growth, this change is thought to be critical.