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Twitter to stop counting photos, links in 140-character limit

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The micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly planning to stop counting photos and links against the 140-character limit.

Tweet button on keyboard
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This comes as a welcome news for Twitter fans as the change will allow them to compose longer tweets.

“Twitter is planning to incorporate changes in the coming two weeks,” The Verge reported.

Attaching links and photos currently strikes out 23 and 24 characters respectively off a tweet’s character count which often requires thinking in unconventional ways to convey what you mean in your tweet.

The change looks more tuned in comparison to earlier reports by Twitter to increase the 140-character limit to 10,000.

Twitter is hoping that it will make the service more approachable to users.

According to Twitter, there is still time for you to tweet in 10,000 characters and its original 140-character limit is here to stay.

Appearing on a TV show recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the 140-character limit is “a beautiful constraint” and that Twitter “will never lose that feeling”.

“It’s (140-characters) staying. It’s a good constraint for us, and it allows for of-the-moment brevity… We’re changing a lot. We’re always going to make Twitter better,” he was quoted as saying.

Earlier in January, media reports said that Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet longer than its traditional 140-character limit.

The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has been and has become part of the product’s personality.

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