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Twitter Will Reportedly Stop Counting Photos, Links in 140-Character Limit

The change might roll out before the end of the month
Digital Communicator
May 16, 2016

Twitter may soon make a substantial change to its 140-character limit for individual tweets. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the social network has decided to no longer count photos or links against that limit.

More room for discussion

More room for discussion

Here’s more from the report:

Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links in their 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

The news doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Back in September, another report said the social network was debating making a change to the limit.

Twitter has also unveiled other changes to give users more space to express their views. The “retweet with comment feature” was added more than a year ago, and last summer Twitter dropped the character limit for direct messages. Users can write private messages of up to 10,000 characters.

Changing the character limit for tweets would be a significant move that would affect a number of powerful third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterrific. So we’ll definitely let you know when or if Twitter ever confirms the news.

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