There may soon be good news for Twitter users who struggle to fit their tweets into 140-characters or less. The social network will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its character limit, according to a Bloomberg report.
The report, which cites “a person familiar with the matter,” claims that the change could be made within the next two weeks.
Twitter has not commented on the report.
So, just how many more characters will that give you per tweet? About 23 – that’s how many characters photos and links currently take up after Twitter shortens them for you.
While this may not seem like a big deal, users have long been calling on Twitter to increase the number of characters per tweet as the way people use the platform has changed.
In January, reports that Twitter was considering increasing the limit up to 10,000-characters per tweet sent many users into a frenzy. Plus, changes that have allowed users to say more with their messages have been some of the most well-received. For example, in August, Twitter removed the 140-character limit from its Direct Messages feature and, in April, the social network added the option for users to add a comment to their retweets.
And Twitter is in need of some positive feedback from its users.
Over the last few months an array of platform changes left many users dissatisfied, resulted in a sharp decline in revenue and a series of layoffs, leaving Twitter’s future quite muddy. The San Francisco company showed no user growth at all in its fourth-quarter earnings report released in February, the clearest sign yet that the one-time trendsetter is struggling to remain relevant.
With files from Nicole Bogart, Global News