In short, Twitter have decided to allow us to do more with our 140 characters, which is great news because, personally, I struggle to get my full message and opinion across is just two sentences.
One of the biggest changes is that you'll be able to retweet and subtweet (quote tweet) their own tweets. This means that if you want your latest blog post to be shared with your audience again, you don't have to compose a new tweet. This also means that you'll get more views and engagement on your tweets because of the fact that you're recycling your original tweet.
Another change is that you'll no longer lose characters for add-ons, meaning, if you attach a GIF, photo, video or link, they won't be subtracted from your remaining character. So from now, when Twitter say that they're giving you 140 characters to say whatever you want, they really mean it.
While this may not sound like such a big change, it's definitely something we'll all feel the benefits of when we're surprised by how much more we can talk about in a single tweet. For example, at the moment, adding a photo to a tweet takes up 34 characters, which is a quarter of your tweet.
Also, as we all know, links to blog posts are usually quite long, because of the forward-slash part that direct people to that specific post. But now that won't affect our caption or introduction to that post.
This rule also affects replying to a tweet. The username at the beginning of a reply will no longer count towards your character count, nor will it be shown, since Twitter are hiding the usernames after you've tweeted your reply.
This is great for those times that you go to reply to someone, bit the tweet starts with a bunch of usernames, meaning you're left with only one or two words to reply with. It's also great for getting a reply seen by your followers, since they won't know it's a reply because of the hidden username.
However, I predict that this will prove to be annoying. A lot of your followers won't want to read your replies to other people; they just want to see your tweets to them as an audience. We'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.
So they're the changes that Twitter are making. I feel that they've made the right move at the right time. Ever since China's version of Twitter completely removed their character limit, Twitter has been under pressure to do something similar.
At the moment, those changes are being tested and twisted by developers, so it shouldn't be long until we see them come to us. Once we have our hands on the new Twitter, I'll publish a review. If you want to be notified of that, follow me on Twitter. (@gmcGareth)