Its official! Twitter will stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

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Earlier on we informed you that Twitter will soon exclude photos and links from their 140 characters count, its now official, Twitter has confirmed that the new feature, along with others will be rolled out for users on Android and iOS platforms, now photos and polls wont cut into your character count anymore.

“So, you can already do a lot in a Tweet, but we want you to be able to do even more. In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets, including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters.”

Here are the new changes as seen in Twitter’s blog:

  • Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.
  • Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!
  • Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: There will be a Retweet button your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.
  • Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers.
  • (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly). If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

Developers are currently working on integrating these new features, so expect it to head your way over the coming months.


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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