Twitter to stop counting photos and links in its 140 character limit

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Tweets will have more space to work with starting September 19. Media attachments and usernames at the beginning of a tweet will no longer count against the 140 character limit.

Twitter announced this change back in May. The change does not completely remove the 140-character limit, just changes what counts against that limit. In this way, it’s similar to other changes Twitter has made over the years.

For example: URLs used to count, in their entirety, toward character limits. This gave rise to an entire ecosystem of URL shorteners, until Twitter decided to bundle URL shortening into Twitter itself back in 2010.


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The new changes are similar, changing what counts as a “character” without completely overhauling the site’s central premise: messages of 140 characters.

That limit allows for all kinds of creativity, as users strived to say as much as possible within 140 characters. But including metadata, like usernames, was arbitrary. So was including media uploads. This update removes some speed-bumps without compromising on what makes Twitter special.


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