Twitter to exclude photos and links from character limit

Twitter's 140-character limit is a common nuisance for its users, but reports suggest it could be removed

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Twitter to exclude photos and links from character limit According to Bloomberg, Twitter users will soon have the flexibility when drafting tweets to write wordier tweets, yet still include URL links and photos.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  May 17, 2016

Twitter will soon announce that URL links and photos will no longer count towards the 140-character limit on tweets.

According to Bloomberg, Twitter users will soon have the flexibility when drafting tweets to write wordier tweets, yet still include URL links and photos.

Links currently take up to 23 characters of a tweet and photos take up to 24 characters.

Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it may increase the character limit to 10,000, but this was soon dismissed by Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey.

Twitter users have often complained about the character limit, and with so many other social platforms, users can be enticed to use other platforms to express how they feel, and still add URL links and photos. Recently Twitter has encouraged its users to embed more media, such as videos and gifs, in their tweets.  

Bloomberg stated that Twitter declined to comment on the report, but reports suggest that the update is set to occur in the next few weeks.

A year ago, Twitter dropped its 140 character limit from the direct message feature and it was well-received from Twitter users.

Earlier this year, the troubled social networking site shares fell in after-hours trading as its revenue forecast for the current quarter missed analysts' expectations. Furthermore, shares have declined more than 50% since CEO Jack Dorsey returned to Twitter last July.

At the time Twitter released a statement: "We saw a decline in monthly active usage in Q4, but we've already seen January monthly actives bounce back to Q3 levels. We're confident that, with disciplined execution, this growth trend will continue over time."

It is most likely that the on-going transformation of Twitter is to make-up for its stagnant user growth.

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