Twitter makes room for more characters in tweets

Twitter's 140-character limit was based on mobile-phone text messaging constraints at the time the service launched in 2006. (AP)
Updated 03 April 2017
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Twitter makes room for more characters in tweets

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has begun rolling out changes to let people pack more into tweets, subtracting from the character count names of those being replied to in posts.
The latest software modification at the one-to-many messaging service comes about a year after Twitter set out to relax a 140-character limit set due to mobile phone text messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006.
Twitter first announced plans to relax the limit a year ago, as part of an effort to bring in more members and make the platform easier to use.
“Remember how we told you we were working on ways to let you to express more with 140 characters?” Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy said in an online post.
“Now, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won’t count toward your tweet’s 140 characters.”
Providing more room in tweets is seen as a way to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and links.
The move is part of a push by Twitter to increase its user base and engagement, which have sputtered to the chagrin of investors.
“Our work isn’t finished,” Reddy said.
“We’ll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use.”
Twitter faces competition from Facebook and Instagram, and a trend of people opting to share content in video or picture formats instead of text.


Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

Updated 23 May 2019
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Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

  • Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive
  • It has won numerous awards since its publication and been one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom

LONDON: Arab News has continued its success on the international awards stage by winning two honorable mentions at the DNA Paris Design Awards.

The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.

The honorable mentions were for the categories “Graphic design - Editorial” and “Graphic design - Key art (Posters, covers, illustration).”

"For Arab News to be recognised again on a global scale with this award is a great honor," Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News, said. “Our women drivers cover has been recognised with eight design awards so far and this highlights just how important this moment in history was for women across the Kingdom.

 “Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever."

The illustration was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. It has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.

The cover has won numerous awards since it was published. In March, it was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.

In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.

The DNA Paris Design Awards honors international architects and designers “who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design,” according to its website.