Rumor: Twitter looking to prevent web links, images, from eating into 140-character limit

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Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 10:38
Category: Rumor


This might come in handy.

Twitter might be moving towards changes that allow you to tweet web links and images without it counting against the user’s 140-character limit.

In the past, Twitter reportedly toyed with this idea, but only made changes to direct message lengths. The current rumor is that the company is set to make the change, which would still allow just 140 characters but would no longer count images or links against that limit.

The limit was originally imposed because tweets were primarily composed using SMS in Twitter’s early days. That 140-character limit quickly came to define Twitter, so the company has been loathe to increase it. But as the platform has added rich media like photos, videos, and links to tweets, it no longer makes sense to count those against the limit. A link, for instance, takes up 23 characters, no matter how long it actually is.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld and Bloomberg

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