Twitter will no longer count photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quoted tweets as part of its 140-character limit
Twitter will extend the 140-character limit for tweets on September 19th, according to reports.
The social media company confirmed earlier this year it will stop counting photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quoted tweets as part of the limit.
When replying to a tweet, @names will also be omitted from the character count.
This means that users will be able to add more media to their posts, without reducing the amount of space left for meaningful text.
No date for the change has been officially announced but according to The Verge it will come into effect next Monday.
The possibility of more space on Twitter prompted much excitement but also sparked fierce debate in the digital world.
The exact terms of the change have not yet been ironed out.
Twitter did not confirm earlier rumours that links will also be omitted from the character count.
A link currently takes up 23 characters on Twitter – even after it has been automatically shortened.
A Twitter spokesperson said in May that anything you write in the “composer box” is still counted – so you might write or paste a link, but you wouldn’t “write” a picture or an @reply, which is why these don’t count.
“We appreciate that the beauty of the platform is the brevity and speed of interactions,” Dara Nasr, managing director at Twitter UK told Mirror Online.
“But sometimes you write a perfectly crafted 139-character tweet and then add a photo or a video to a tweet and it goes over the character limit, and you have to waste time cutting it down.
“This is simply a way of allowing people who use the service to make most of the tweet and not feel frustrated.”
The new tweet rules are designed to make conversations faster and more intuitive, and are part of a wider effort by Twitter to make the service simpler for users.
Twitter‘s 140-character limit was originally introduced because it was a way to ensure a tweet could be sent as mobile text message, which had a 160-character limit.
Since then, the world has changed, and most people send tweets from a web browser or directly within the Twitter app. However, the character limit has become a defining aspect of the service.
“We’re not giving up on the idea of Twitter being in the moment. That concept of brevity, speed and live conversation – being able to think of something and put it out to the world instantly – that’s what’s most important,” said Twitter boss Jack Dorsey.
“We’re always going to look for opportunities to make Tweets a lot more expressive, and enable people to say what they want to say. As long as things are fast, easy, simple and expressive, we’re going to look at what we can do to make Twitter a better experience.”
Earlier this year, it was rumoured that Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey was considering extending the character limit to 10,000 , but the news was met with a backlash from users.
The company’s share price also plummeted more than 2%, after the rumours were first reported in January.
Dorsey later said the 140 character limit was a “beautiful constraint” that “inspires creativity and brevity”, and admitted that the majority of tweets “will always be short and sweet and conversational”.-Mirror