Twitter to Drop Links, Pictures From 140-Character Limit, Report Says

May 16, 2016 Updated: October 5, 2018

Twitter is about to exclude images and links from the 140-character limit for its posts.

The change could take place in as soon as two weeks, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Twitter currently cuts links down to a minimum of 23 characters, and 24 characters for including a picture in a post.

The company has been mulling over the idea of expanding the character limit, according to a January Recode article.

But its CEO Jack Dorsley also expressed affection for the current limit for inspiring “creativity and brevity” and a “sense of speed.”

“We’ll never lose that feeling,” he Tweeted in January, using a picture of 10 paragraphs of text—one of the creative way Twitter users employ to deal with the character limit.

But he also noted that if the screenshots of text were “actual text,” it would give more “utility and power” to the users.

“We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people,” he said. “As long as it’s consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.”

He also promised to let the developers know in advance, so they can prepare.

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