Twitter to Eliminate Photos and Links from Character Limit

The social media platform plans to stop including photos and links as part of its 140-character limit.

Links currently take up to 23 characters. Eliminating this factor from the count will give users much more freedom to compose longer messages on the microblogging site.

According to a Bloomberg report, Twitter’s change could come into action in the next two weeks, though the decision is yet to be confirmed by an official spokesperson from the company.

The character count increase would be in line with CEO Jack Dorsey’s comments in January, when he discussed his efforts to make the service more engaging.

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

Twitter’s 140-character limit came from a need to fit Tweets into a mobile text message when the platform debuted in 2006. However, the rise of smartphones means this is no longer a requirement.

The company has been scrutinised by investors over recent years as user growth continues to stagnate, resulting in shares falling by more than 70 per cent in the past year.

In April Twitter revealed that it had once again missed its forecasted revenue for Q1’16, and despite a year on year growth of 36 per cent to $595m, the corporation had fallen below the average analyst estimate of $607.8m.

Further changes expected from the microblogging site this year include plans to boost the monetisation of its live streaming service Periscope and enhance promoted video options. 

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