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Twitter moves away from 140 characters limitation

Twitter recently made a major enhancement to their service, it announced that it will move away from strict adherence to the rule that tweets can only contain 140 characters. Tweets will no longer count
media attachments and @names in replies toward your 140 allowed characters.

However, links will still be counted. “One of the biggest priorities for this year is to refine our product and make it simpler,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “We’re focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster. This is what Twitter is great at — what’s happening now, live conversation and the simplicity that we started the service with.”

Twitter did not give an exact timeframe for when the changes would go live, beyond “the coming months.”

Here is a quick list of vocabulary and terminology used on twiter.

1. Tweet: A 140-character message. (now with no 140 restrictions..)

2. Retweet (RT): Re-sharing or giving credit to someone else's tweet.

3. Feed: The stream of tweets you see on your homepage. It's comprised of updates from users you follow.

4. Handle: Your username.

5. Mention (@): A way to reference another user by his username in a tweet (e.g. @mashable). Users are notified when @mentioned. It's a way to conduct discussions with other users in a public realm.

6. Hashtag (#): A way to denote a topic of conversation or participate in a larger linked discussion (e.g. #ModiIdol, #NAMO). A hashtag is a discovery tool that allows others to find your tweets, based on topics. You can also click on a hashtag to see all the tweets that mention it in real time — even from people you don't follow.

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