Twitter to Loosen 140-Character Limit

NicoleMotta on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 10:51:00 AM

Twitter to Loosen 140-Character Limit

According to new reports, Twitter is planning to stop counting photos and links in its 140-character limit.

(CCM) — Citing a source familiar with the matter, Bloomberg revealed that Twitter is relaxing its character limit in Tweets, giving users the ability to write longer messages. According to this source, who asked not to be named, as the details of Twitter's plan have yet to be made public, the company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit. Currently, links take up 23 characters in a Tweet, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. This change is expected to roll out to users in the next two weeks, but Twitter has so far declined to comment on the report.

Earlier this year, CEO Jack Dorsey said that Twitter was looking for new ways to display text on Twitter. In a screenshot of a larger message, Dorsey implied that the 140-character limit for which Twitter has become known is not sacred to the company and could change. "We didn't start Twitter with a 140 character restriction. We added that early on to fit into a single SMS message (160 characters)," he wrote, noting that the company has noticed that many users take screenshots of text to tweet because it wouldn't fit in this limit. "We're not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as it's consistent with what people want to do, we're going to explore it." Despite this, in March, Dorsey told the Today Show's Matt Lauer that tweets will always be ≤140 chars to allow "of-the-moment brevity."

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