Photos, GIFs No Longer Drain Your Twitter Character Count

Patrick Crowley


Go on and treat yourself to a few more words in that tweet. Twitter just made it so photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quote tweets will no longer count towards your 140 characters. The update, which was announced back in May, went live on Monday.

Users will notice that when you add a piece of media to your tweet, the count no longer decreases. It’s a long-sought update, one that TheNextWeb says "should have made eons ago." 

Twitter is also changing how @replies affect the count as well -- meaning you’ll still begin with 140 characters even if you’re replying to someone. (That’s a potential savings of 17 characters: @+15-max-username+space.) This gradual change, however, has caused some tweets to not display correctly. "These tests may temporarily impact the way a Tweet appears, but Tweets will continue to be 140 characters," the company says on its support page.


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