Social networking site Twitter will soon stop counting photos and links towards its 140-character limit, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change may happen within the next two weeks said a person familiar with the matter.
Links can currently take up to 23 characters (shortened automatically by Twitter) while photos take up 24 characters. The revised character count would give users more breathing room to craft tweets, which is part of the company’s plan to give users more flexibility on the site the report has also added.
In fact, the company has earlier this year considered to raise the character limit of tweets to 10,000, but that did not sit well with users. After a negative response the company seemed to have settled down with short text, as the concise nature of Tweets is what set the site apart from its competitors.
The new change can be seen as a compromise between the proposed unlimited characters and the classic 140-character restriction. After all, the 140 word limit was already there since 2006 in a pre-smartphone era to allow users to send tweets using text messages.