Twitter No Longer Counts GIFs, Polls, Photos, Videos, and More Against 140-Character Limit

In May of this year, Twitter promised it would be stopping counting media and other non-text content against its 140-character limit. Today, the company announced that embedded photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quoted tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters.

As the official Twitter account announced, photos, videos, polls, GIFs, and Quote Tweets will no longer count against your 140-character limit. The social-network-turned-news-platform has made it clear that these changes are meant to make it easier to use the platform in general, especially for new users.

“When replying to a tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group,“ said the firm in May.

Before today’s change, any embedded media used to take up 24 characters per tweet so it’s most definitely awesome that everyone now has more room for words when tweeting.
Twitter also originally promised another change affecting tweets starting with a username to make them visible to all followers. Previously, to do that you had to use the ”.@” convention to ensure that the tweet didn’t start with a username.


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