Twitter May Be Increasing 140-Character Limit… Sort Of


It’s not news that Twitter has been playing around with expanding the length of tweets from the standard 140 characters they’ve always been. Last year the company dropped the 140 character limit for Direct Messages (DMs), and rumours were swirling that the company was also looking into expanding the length of tweets to 10,000 characters. Rumour or not, that news was quickly squashed but now there is a new report that Twitter is considering a different way to increase the number of available characters for use in a tweet.

There’s no question that a lot of tweets contain photos and links (including all of the articles shared by Techaeris on the site), and that takes up a lot of valuable character space — links alone, even when shortened, eat up 23 of them. Pictures remove another 24 characters from your total Tweet-space. Add in a headline and some tags and you’re soon shortening words and leaving off appropriate tagged accounts and hashtags just to come in under 140. Bloomberg Business is reporting that Twitter is considering not counting the characters for both links and photos in the 140-character tweet limit, news that if true is actually a pretty clever — and no-brainer — of allowing users to get more characters into their messages.

While this is a rumoured change, after all Twitter declined to comment, the change could happen within the next couple of weeks on the popular service.

What do you think about the possibility that Twitter won’t be counting links and photos as part of the 140-character tweet limit? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Bloomberg
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