Social Media

Report: Twitter To Exclude Links, Images From Character Count

Pictures alone eat up 24 characters in a tweet

Social Media
The Twitter logo. — REUTERS
May 17, 2016 at 5:04 AM ET

It looks like you’re about to be able to say more in a single tweet.

In a shift that could take place over the next two weeks, Twitter will stop including links and images in its 140-character limit, someone familiar with the issue told Bloomberg.

Currently, a sentence can only be this long in a tweet if you want to add an image and link. At 93 characters (including a space after the end of that sentence), that still allows for the 47 characters needed to add a link and a picture. Links alone eat up 23 characters in a tweet, while images take up 24. So, if the change is made, you’ll be able to add up to nearly four dozen additional characters worth of words in a tweet that maxes out its 140-character limit.

Some are celebrating.

In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that the social media company was planning to increase the 140-character limit to 10,000—a shift that has yet to happen but that would allow you tweet the U.S. Constitution in five tweets, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in one.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, tweeted on January 5 that the company didn’t start with a 140-character limit, but that the restriction was added “early on to fit into a single SMS message (160 characters).” He said the company has observed how people are using Twitter and will consider what people want.

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