Twitter Character Limit Changes Are Coming September 19 & The Internet Doesn't Know How To Feel
If you, like me, have gotten used to a world where emotions don't count unless you can perfectly sum them up in 140 characters or less, then boy do I have some news for you — Twitter's character limit changes are officially rolling out on Sept. 19, reports The Verge. Rumors about Twitter changing its faithful 140 character limit have been circulating all year, with users panicking at the idea of a Twitter that allowed for 10,000 characters per tweet (BRB, clutching my pearls). But according Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey backtracked on that in January, assuring users that while Twitter would not lose its characteristic brevity, the new shift will allow users a little more wiggle room by not counting attachments as part of the character limit — the exact change coming this week. (Bustle has reached out to Twitter to learn more about the changes coming on Sept. 19, and a Twitter spokesperson said they have no comment at this time.)
So what exactly will this shift mean for you? It means the next time you casually help your mom @ tag the cast of Hamilton about leaving the show early with links about their departures, you can use all 140 characters to express your woes instead of sacrificing them to the characters in the link or the picture you attached of your cry-face. Previously links and pictures took up 21-23 characters each, but now — now, my friend, justice will be served, and you will get those characters back to hashtag whatever your tweeting heart desires.
Of course, the internet didn't ~entirely~ get the memo on what this new change constitutes, which has led to some (occasionally hilarious) reactions from people thinking the sanctity of Twitter has been compromised.
Others are celebrating the welcome change.
And others have different priorities altogether ...
But I think we can all agree that a) this is a wonderful thing, and b) if Twitter ever really does extend its limit past 140, anyone who needed those extra characters in the first place is weak and will not survive the winter.