Twitter To Stop Including Pictures & Links In 140-Character Limit


A proposed change on Twitter will see the platform allow users to compose and send longer messages.

According to a new report by Bloomberg Technology, the social media giant is planning to stop counting images and links in the 140-character word limit, in an effort to give users more freedom to send more detailed Tweets.

And although Twitter have not yet confirmed these plans, sources have claimed that the change is scheduled to occur at some point in the next few months, but could happen as soon as the next fortnight.

On a standard Tweet, web links currently use up 23 characters, with pictures claiming a further 24, effectively leaving users with just 93 characters if they want to add both to their message.

Back in March, the company launched a controversial timeline change, which removed the chronological order of each user’s timeline, showing tweets users are “most likely to care about” at the top of their feed.

The decision to implement an algorithmic timeline raised concerns among the platforms users, over fears that Twitter’s feed would become a Facebook-style non-chronological timeline. 

However, although this update was not welcomed by most Twitter users, it’s likely that the exclusion of link and photos in the word limit would be embraced by most using the platform.