Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

Company said to make the change in next couple of weeks
CEO Jack Dorsey aims to make it easier to compose tweets

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Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links in their 140-character limit for tweets, 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 isnít yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

Itís one step in a larger plan to give users more flexibility on the site. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said in January that the company was looking for new ways to display text on Twitter, and would experiment based on how the people use the service. For example, some people tweet screenshots of longer text in articles, or send many tweets one after the other to tell a story.

Twitterís 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message -- a common way for sending Tweets when the service debuted in 2006, before the proliferation of smartphones.
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