The not-so-young-anymore social network Twitter recently released a statement saying that users should expect to see some changes to the social media platform that will make "conversations faster and more intuitive for people who come to Twitter everyday and those who are new to the service."
Wow, faster than 140 characters? Does that mean we will all hav 2 writ lyk dis 2 tak 2 ppl? Not quite. Here's what you can actually expect from the Twitter updates that CEO Jack Dorsey says will "make Twitter a better experience."
1. No more periods before tagging someone for all your followers to see.
Right now, if you wanted all your followers to see an interaction between you and another user, you have to put a period before tagging their name. The period will not be required any longer, so you can use that one precious extra character for something that really counts, like another emoji.
See? Without that pesky little period, you have one more character to use to really get your point across.
2. When you reply to a tweet, the tagged username will not count toward you character limit.
If you've ever had a long, philosophical conversation with multiple people over Twitter (that you should really be having over text), you know it's easy to run out of characters just from tagging your conversation partners. Now you can use up all 140 characters of your tweet without wasting space tagging names in the reply.
3. Photos, videos, and GIFs won't count toward the 140 character limit, either.
So you can finally give things the long-winded, detailed, and definitely interesting captions they deserve.
4. This is the big one. You can finally retweet and quote tweet yourself!
Narcissists, rejoice! You can now push your own tweets even harder by retweeting and quote-tweeting yourself. If you said something you thought was profound weeks ago, you no longer have to pretend to be embarrassed by replying to yourself. Now you can feign modesty while retweeting yourself!
These changes are expected to be come to Twitter over the next few months. Now that you have more characters, use them wisely.