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Uploaded Photos, Videos, and More No Longer Count Toward Twitter's 140-Character Limit

More room to tweet
Digital Communicator
September 19, 2016

First announced back in late May, Twitter is rolling out a welcomed change to the service. Starting today, uploaded media – including photos, videos, GIFs, and more – will no longer count against the 140-character limit of tweets. Also included is quoted tweets.

A needed improvement

A needed improvement

The change is rolling out today and will immediately be available on Twitter’s site and through the service’s official iOS app.

Twitter is also testing out a way to not include @replies as part of the 140-character limit.

Today’s changes have been part of Twitter’s campaign 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.

While the changes are available through Twitter’s official outlets, anyone using a third-party client – like Tweetbot – will need to be patient and wait for the apps to be updated. But that should be sooner rather than later.

The official app

Twitter, Inc.

Third-party app users will need to be patient

Tweetbot 4 for Twitter
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter