Twitter reportedly removing character count for links and images in TweetsBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 17 May 2016 | Categories: news
Things could be changing for Twitter users. According to Bloomberg, the social media platform will undergo an alteration to its Tweet message system, and more specifically the 140 character limit for public messages. Unfortunately, the limit itself is not being increased, but it is believed that images and links will no longer be counted as part of the character limit.
At the moment, links currently take up 23 characters of a Tweet, depending on the link application you use. Images also take up a similar amount of space, roughly 25 characters based on the size of the image. As such, eliminating that many characters would certainly free up some more space to send one's thoughts out into the Twitterverse.
The proposed move comes after CEO Jack Dorsey said Twitter was looking into new ways for users to express themselves more effectively at the beginning of the year. With Twitter not proving as popular as it has in recent months, and the number of new sign ups shrinking, could such a change in policy make the platform more desirable? Only time will tell. For now, neither Bloomberg or Twitter has detailed when such a character limit change would take effect.
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