Tweets past, present, and future now show their exact number of retweets and favorites instead of showing "50+" if they pass that count — a move that could promote vanity and competition on Twitter. You can see a tweet about stopping polio from Bill Gates last year got 1,178 retweets and 119 favorites, and yes, all Justin Bieber had to do was tweet "New York City. #BELIEVE" this week to score 22,276 retweets.
The change could remove the need for some wildly popular accounts to use third-party measurement tools, but mostly it will just let the average person see when they or someone else has a true moment of brilliance. Some might find this fun. However, the exact counts could make people feel like they have no influence when they see they’ve received two retweets while someone else got twenty thousand.