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Changes To Twitter 140 Character Limit

written by Jessica "RavenPwnz" D. May 17, 2016

Alas! Twitter users will be relieved to hear that posting pictures and links will no longer affect your 140 character limit posts. According to Bloomberg, the change could take place within two weeks, however the source has not been revealed due to the fact that the decision to add these changes have not been made public knowledge. Links can take up to 23 characters, even when automatically being shortened by the site. Anyone who is familiar with the service knows how much you can say in 23 characters!

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Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter Inc. had made mention of making the popular social media service more flexible is January of this year, and has been looking for new ways to show text on the site. The 140 character limit was originally based on fitting the Tweets within the mobile text message limit when Twitter first made it’s appearance in 2006, before smartphones became common.

The company had dabbled with the idea of raising the limit to 10,000 characters, however the limited characters available for Tweets became the sites staple. Yet the idea of raising the character limit is still being discussed and there has been no formal decision on that as of yet.

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