Twitter said to be considering ‘loosening’ its character limit

Twitter is said to be considering a major tweak to its character limit that would see links and images no longer contributing to the total in a tweet.

Currently, links take up 23 characters when added to tweets, while images take up 24 of the 140-character limit. However, Twitter is now said to be thinking of removing these values all together according to a Bloomberg report, potentially giving users up to 47 extra characters to play with.

Twitter app
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The social media site is yet to make any official comment on the story, though CEO Jack Dorsey has previously said Twitter is looking at different ways of letting people post longer messages.

“We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it,” he wrote in January.

“Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.”

Jack Dorsey
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The site has already removed the character limit on direct messages – also known as DMs – and speculation has continued for some time over whether the site is planning to do the same with tweets.

Rumours of removing the 140-character limit entirely have been quashed by Dorsey though, so tweaks elsewhere – such as freeing up space taken by images and links – seem the most likely way to expand the content of tweets.

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Edward Lam
Co-Founder, Managing Director and Multimedia Designer at InTallaght.

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