Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

Twitter Inc. is making a principal move in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more scope to compose longer messages.Twitter will soon stop counting photos and links in its 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

According to Bloomberg, The change could happen within 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 (links and photos respectively)characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them.The company denied to comment.

It is one step in a bigger plan to provide users more flexibility on the site. Chief executive officer Jack Dorsey  mentioned in January that the company was looking for brand new ways to show text on Twitter, and would experiment based on how the people use the service. For example, some people tweet screenshots of longer text in articles, or send many tweets one after the other to tell a story.

Twitter’s 140-character limit  used to be originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message — a common approach for sending Tweets when the service debuted in 2006, before the proliferation of smartphones.

The company earlier this year considered raising the limit to as many as 10,000 characters. However the quick, concise nature of Tweets has helped set the website online aside from the competitors. Executives have spent the last few months emphasizing how Twitter is a destination for live events and discussion. Removing the character requirement for links and photos may motivate users to add more media to their posts.

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