Twitter could soon stop counting links and photos against your character limit

Twitter will reportedly stop counting links and photos as part of the 140-character limit for tweets, giving people a little more room to express themselves. Both links and photos currently take up a significant number of characters per post.

According to Bloomberg, this change could come soon:

The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn't yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

Twitter has been experimenting with different methods for increasing the flexibility of the service. After increasing the character limit in direct messages to 10,000, it was reported that it would do the same to standard tweets. CEO Jack Dorsey later denied the move, calling the 140-character limit a "good constraint."

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • FINALLY! Sent from the iMore App
  • Yea, I've always found it odd that URLs use up characters, and they make it harder to calculate too (if you're pre-composing tweets). So, this would be good to expand it just a bit, but not loose Twitter's charm.
  • It can't happen soon enough.
  • It's about time.