When Twitter first launched in 2006, Tweets were simple 140-character text messages. Now Tweets can include anything from polls, GIFs, videos to photos. It was exciting news for anyone using Twitter when the announcement came out in May 2016 about the upcoming changes to enable Twitter users to express even more within the 140 characters provided by the Social Media network. Now people can add extra elements, media, and content to their Tweets without sacrificing the characters they have to share their views which allows for better public conversations.
Twitter has simplified the way attachments and replies work on Twitter by moving display elements so they don’t count towards the character limit within your Tweet.
The above diagram shows that when displayed to users, @mention, URLs and media will appear outside the tweet itself, leaving a full 140 characters to play with when composing the text for your tweet.
When a Tweet has been posted in reply to another account, the name will be displayed in a similar format to the below image, which will help give the feel of a threaded conversation.
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