Social Share: Ch-Ch-Changes

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<p>Welcome back to The Social Share, a biweekly newsletter designed to help you build your social audience one tweet at a time.</p><p>Hello, my dear readers! It's time again to tear open a letter and commence with the proselytizing. This week's letter is an important one--it brings us to the truth living at the root of some recent rumors about Twitter's future. Let's read it together, eh?</p>
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Hi Social Share,<br />
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I hope I'm not too late! I heard that Twitter is going through some changes but I'm still just learning to use it and I'm not ready for any big adjustments! What's changing? How will it effect me as a user? Do I have to do anything different? Is the character limit, the very charm of platform, being exploded? Just tell me there's no cause for alarm, I feel so fragile. <br />
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Help me, Social share, you're my only hope. <br />
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Shaken in SOHO<br />
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P.S. - If Twitter implodes and Facebook collapses, can you continue writing to me? This newsletter keeps me sane.
<p>Ah, how the rumor-mill does buzz! There are several new changes being rolled out on Twitter, but there is nothing to be afraid of. And, no, the character limit is not on the chopping block. </p>
Here's what's changing: 
<li><strong>Attachments:</strong> Photos, GIFs, videos, and quote tweets will no longer count towards the 140-character limit. This means an extra 24 characters for those of you using GIFs as punctuation!</li>
<li><strong>Retweets:</strong> The retweet button will soon be enabled on your own tweets. If you've got a tweet that you think deserves another shot, you'll be able to reshare it with ease.</li>
<li><strong>Replies:</strong> Twitter handles will no longer count towards the character limit if they are used in a reply tweet. </li>
<li><strong>Goodbye to .@:</strong> Tweets that begin with a @username will appear in the timeline of all your followers, meaning you no longer need to use .@username. Replies to that tweet will only been seen by you, or by people that follow you and the person replying to your tweet.</li>
<p>See, nothing to fear. What will you do with all the extra characters Twitter has afforded you? </p>
<p>Until next time,</p>
<p>The Social Share</p>
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