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Twitter Shall Stop Counting Links & Pictures In Tweets: Report

If a report from Bloomberg is to be believed, Twitter is planning to make some changes which shall help you tweet longer messages. Anonymous sources from Twitter Inc have confirmed the news portal that the micro-blogging website shall stop counting links and pictures from your tweet length. If you use Twitter you must be aware that if you insert a hyperlink in your tweet then it takes up 23 characters from your tweet. Even though Twitter obfuscates links they still take up some characters. This move might be from the fact that the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey said that people in the quest of sending longer messages either post screenshots of texts or they send multiple linked tweets. This will help make things easier for those who want to send longer tweets but they are restricted by the 140 character limit.

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Twitter 140-character limit was set when the service was launched because this was the appropriate length for communicating tweets via text messages. Twitter is in a bit of turmoil. It has faced criticism from its users for not curbing abuse and its user base is not growing at all. It has tried to make some changes but most of them have proved to be futile. It tried rebranding itself as a news app recently on the iTunes App Store instead of identifying itself as a social networking app. It has been mulling changes in the timeline such as tweets with importance get featured on the top when you open Twitter but that has not been popular with users. It was planning to increase the character count in a tweet from 140 to 10,000 but that move was vehemently opposed by users who claimed that it would be the death of clever conversation on Twitter. This move however will be welcomed by users who would find it easier to share links and pictures on Twitter. Pictures in particular will help Twitter in gaining a lot more eyeballs.

Twitter could be rolling out these changes in the coming two weeks and we hope to see how this affects the Twitter audience. If you like or dislike the upcoming changes let us know in the comment section below.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • May 17, 2016
This is the most useful thing for Tweeple! I always hated it at first that you go to the lengths of using a shortened URL and Twitter still counts the whole length of the URL. Although it won't be wrong to say that Twitter users who use the service religiously have gotten used to the character limit, this will definitely be a change most welcomed.

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