Twitter might stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

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According to a report from Bloomberg, soon you’ll be able to tweet a photo or link without it counting against your 140-character count. Currently, links and photos take about 20 – 25 characters of a tweet, this limited the amount of commentary users can offer when sharing contents. Although this hasn’t been confirmed by the company, Bloomberg reports that the change could happen in the next two weeks.

Twitter’s 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message, this change would remove that one limitation twitter users aren’t happy about, the 140 character limit. Although Twitter hasn’t confirmed this officially yet, past reports shows its possible.

Earlier this year Recode reported that Twitter was considering raising the character limit of tweets from 140 to 10,000. Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey later responded to the report; “We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it. Instead, what if that text… was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.”


Twitter was created and launched in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass. It is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS or mobile device app. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with more than 100 million users posting 340 million tweets a day in 2012. Twitter was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet”. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco and has more than 25 offices around the world.



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