Date
26 May 2017
Twitter will announce some changes in the way it counts the characters in tweets, according to a report. Photo; Bloomberg
Twitter will announce some changes in the way it counts the characters in tweets, according to a report. Photo; Bloomberg

Twitter expected to disregard photos & links in character count

Twitter will stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, a move that will allow its users to put out longer tweets on the social network, Bloomberg News reported.

The change could happen in the next two weeks, the report said, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. 

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey said in January that the company was looking for new ways to display text on Twitter, and would experiment based on how people use the service.

Executives have spent the last few months emphasizing how Twitter is a destination for live events and discussion.

Removing the character requirement for links and photos may encourage users to add more media to their posts, the report noted.

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