Twitter may only be a ‘micro’ blogging site, but the disadvantages of having to express all your thoughts and emotions within just the 140 characters has always been a point of contention among large sections of the Twitterati. All those complaints and requests from users have had an effect on the company’s management, and just last month, the company decided to exempt usernames, links, photos and GIFs from counting against the measly character limit. While that has already made life a tad easier for all Twitter aficionados, the company has now announced another little loosening of a strict limit that will certainly be welcomed by large sections of users of the social networking site.
With effect from today, all users of the microblogging site will be able to post 140 second videos on the platform instead of having to stick to the 30 second limit. ‘Select publishers’, however, “will continue to be able to post videos up to 10 minutes long”, according to the official announcement from the company. The new feature is already live for those using the company’s website, but those using their smartphones to tweet videos on the go might have to wait a little while longer, as the company has said that the feature will be available on its Android and iOS mobile apps “soon”. Twitter has also promised to roll out the feature on other platforms as well, including Windows and Mac, but has not provided an ETA.
The company has also announced that it’s not just Twitter that is going to get longer videos from now on. Vine, which was acquired by the social networking giant back in 2012, will also be a beneficiary of the company’s thinking behind expanding the time limit of videos on its platforms. According to the announcement posted on the company’s official blog, 140-second videos are also likely to be rolled out to all Vine users at some stage in the near future. The company says it will roll out the feature on an experimental basis on the platform pretty soon, “starting with a small group” at first. The company, however, hasn’t given a time-frame to lift the stifling six-second limit from Vine videos that essentially turns them into glorified GIFs, if only in another format.