May 17, 2016Published by: Meg Edwards

Twitter set to stop including links and photos in character limit

It may sound like a minor update, but the rumour in itself has made social media managers (and savvy tweeters) rejoice. According to Bloomberg, Twitter could be changing the way that it counts characters. This means that photos and links will no longer be included in the character limit that currently uses 23 characters for a link or photo. We all know how irritating it is to cut down on your own creative witticism to fit within the 140 character limit, let alone reducing it further to add an amusing GIF or meme.

This leak comes a short time after Twitter’s announcement that it was playing around with the character limit to expand the 140 limit to 10,000, causing outrage (That may be an exaggeration, but Twitter users were certainly not happy) as users said it would denaturalise the channel. However, this latest ‘unofficial’ report looks like it will be welcomed by Twitter users. It’s still a rumour at the moment, as the report was leaked by an unspecified reliable source, so we will have to sit and wait for an update which may happen in the next two weeks *fingers crossed*.

It has already been a big year for Twitter, as the social network rolled out several updates to its service, including the algorithmic timeline, which again came under scrutiny from the Twitter community before launching. However, research shows that only 2% of tweeters have chosen to opt out of the enhanced timeline.

Could it be too little too late for Twitter and Jack Dorsey to roll out all these updates in rapid succession? Figures show a decline of active Twitter users over the last several years, as users are more inclined  to create content rather than consume it with the growth of social platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat.

Would still love an edit tweet button though, chop chop Dorsey!

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