Twitter Expands 140 Character Limit
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing the little red negative number pop up at the bottom of your tweet to tell you that you have exceeded your character limit. You then face the problem of having to remove odd characters here and there and still make sure your post makes sense. To write a great tweet including images and links and keep it within 140 characters is a challenge, to say the least!
Well, there is great news for all us social media nerds. Twitter has announced that it will no longer count links and photos as part of the character limit, giving you more freedom to compose longer messages – hooray!
The 140 character limit has been a rule since the site started, to make tweets fit into text messages. Before Smartphones were invented many users typed tweets as texts before posting them. Adding links to your posts currently takes up 23 characters and photos use an additional 24, the exclusion of these from the character limit gives you an extra 47 characters to include within your post. It has been suggested that Twitter could be making the change within the next two weeks.
Twitter has previously suggested that it wants to be seen as a destination for discussions and live events. So removing the character requirement on photos and links may help to encourage users to share and add more media to posts.