Twitter will stop counting links against 140 character limit

Twitter will stop counting links against 140 character limit


Twitter wants to give you more flexibility.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Don’t you just hate it when you compose the perfect tweet and then insert a link that takes it over the 140 character limit? Well, that could soon become a thing of the past.

According to sources familiar with Twitter’s plans, the company will soon stop counting the URLs and photos inserted into your tweets.

Twitter’s 140 character limit has been around since its inception, and it’s one of the things that makes the service so good. But Twitter has been making changes that help users share more, like dropping the character limit completely from direct messages.

Now the social network is reportedly planning changes to tweets that will allow you to say more when posting links and photos, which can take up 23 characters, even after Twitter shortens the URL.

“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,” reports Bloomberg.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, who became permanent CEO last October, is exploring other ways to provide users with more flexibility, he revealed back in January. Twitter has considered increasing the limit to 10,000 characters, but it doesn’t want to spoil its existing format.

Twitter just wouldn’t be the same without the 140 character limit.


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