Sarah Frier, Bloomberg:
The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.
My tweets are probably prolific (“I’m a prolific tweetsman” sounds chirpier) but I’m still relatively new to the platform. My understanding of the medium isn’t where I’d like it to be; which could explain the prolificacy.
For example, I wasn’t aware of links automatically being shortened in a tweet until recently. Also, pictures counting for characters of a tweet seems counter-intuitive.
This new system seems like a simpler modus operandi: Everything you type manually counts as a character.