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[Update: It's official] Longer tweets on Twitter are coming September 19

Back in May, Twitter revealed they were changing the way their tweet character limit worked. Currently everything you can shove in a tweet - text, media, polls, etc - counts towards the 140-character limit. Twitter has not revealed the exact date this change is coming, but The Verge believes it will be September 19.

The change will go into effect for images, GIFs, polls, and videos, although The Verge is unsure if it will all happen at once or over a gradual period.

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Twitter's DMs now feature read receipts and some other new things

Twitter Direct Messages have never been my preferred messaging platform, but for those who do use it, there are a few new features —read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. If you use other services such as Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram, and WhatsApp, you've probably already seen these.

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Twitter is getting more granular notification settings including a 'quality filter'

Twitter has announced a pair of new features that will be live in the official app and web interface soon. Both are aimed at improving the notification experience and making Twitter a little less annoying to use. You'll be able to control which notifications you see, and there's a filter that allegedly removes low-quality tweets. I have to wonder how well that works.

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[Update: Gone from the beta too] Twitter removes its homescreen widget support from the latest alpha

Twitter is struggling to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up. Life can be tough when you're a social network that almost everyone has heard about but no one knows how to use when they're just joining for the first time.

But despite these tumultuous times at Twitter's headquarters, the Android app has seen some of its best days in the past few months: an overhauled Material Design inspired interface, a test for a night mode, Android N Direct Reply, and more.

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Night mode UI finally comes to stable version of Twitter

Twitter started testing a dark UI mode several months ago, but it was a server side toggle on beta and alpha builds with no way to guarantee it would be on your device. The test must have gone well because today Twitter announced dark mode as an official feature of the Android app. This should be available on all installations of the Twitter app soon.

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Twitter starts showing a Night Mode toggle on Android

About a month ago, some Twitter users started spotting a night mode in their Twitter app that transformed the entire interface into a dark blue shade. The change was triggered server-side, meaning it showed up inconsistently across different Twitter beta and alpha versions, but it didn't seem like there was a way to revert it back to a light theme on request.

Now, more users are reporting this dark theme, except Twitter seems to have introduced a specific toggle in the app's drawer for Night mode. When it's on, the app's interface will switch completely to that dark shade of blue and when it's off, you're back to Twitter's famous white look.

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Twitter adds stickers to pictures, presumably because Facebook has them

Stickers are growing in popularity on the web, with Facebook leading the way in Messenger and in status updates and comments. Other chat apps, including WeChat and LINE, also support the feature, which has seemingly led to Twitter wanting to join the party too.

Twitter's implementation of stickers differs a little to others, mainly because instead of adding a sticker to a tweet (which would feel a bit weird), they're added to pictures. Stickers can be resized, rotated, and moved around until you're happy with their placement. Furthermore, these stickers can be clicked on, just like a hashtag, to see ways other users are using the same sticker.

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Twitter and Vine video limits expand to 140 seconds

Twitter isn't just a place for spitting out sharp criticism and inane musings. Okay it is, but those expressions aren't limited to text. The social network allows for up to 30 seconds of video.

That limit is changing. Twitter is bumping up the max length of a video up from half a minute to 140 seconds.

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Twitter rolls out its in-app Periscope button to everyone

After an initial test back in May, Twitter has begun rolling out its new Periscope button to everyone on Android and iOS. When composing a tweet, users will now be greeted with a "Live" button within the media picker, serving as a shortcut to directly launch the Periscope app (or to download it if it isn't installed) and immediately begin live broadcasting to any audience.

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