It’s official: Twitter easing character limit—with a few twists

Rumors that the social media outfit would soon alter its well-known 140-character cutoff have been confirmed. Here’s what’s to come—and how users have reacted.

Since Twitter began, social media managers have worked tirelessly to condense their messages.

Over the years, the platform’s infamously short 140-character limit has been a burden for many, especially when including long user names or links in tweets. Relief was sighted in the offing when Bloomberg reported last week that Twitter would probably stop including links and photos in the character count of tweets.

Today, Twitter’s senior product manager, Todd Sherman, confirmed that reported character exclusions are in development—as well as a few additions.

Along with photos, GIFS, polls and links, the platform will no longer include users’ handles in character counts for both tweets and replies.

From Mashable:

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