It is a boundary that’s been around as long as the website itself. Twitter’s 140-character limit has been a multilevel issue that proved to be both good and bad all wrapped up in the same text-guideline. On one hand, people couldn’t post long, story-like tweets, which luckily kept your Twitter feed from looking like Facebook around election time. But at the same time, it felt like every fire tweet cooked up was always about 141 characters long. Well now, in attempt to repair their brand, Twitter is giving the people want they want; an extension on the character limit. Kind of.
Starting September 19th, Twitter will no longer count certain types of text towards its 140-character limit when tweeting. Twitter handle tags and media attachments like videos, GIFs, or pictures, will all now be omitted from your 140 pieces of text. When asked about the positive change, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated, “This is the most notable change we’ve made in recent times around conversation in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters. I’m excited to see even more dialogue because of this.” So if you want to give a more detailed rundown of a funny Vine you found, or you really want to tell Justin Bieber how lame you think he is without losing 12 characters, the future is certainly now. Watch a video about the ten most epic Twitter beefs below for some trolling-inspiration.