Twitter rolls out 140 character exceptions for pics, GIFs, vids, polls, quote tweets

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The blocks of media that have chipped away at your character limit, 24 at a time, are about to go away forever. If they haven’t already, that is.

Twitter took first advantage of this feature as it issued a 139-character tweet along with a GIF, something that would’ve taken the total up to 173. Prior to today, any media loaded onto a tweet would be linked to its own page and that link would be pasted in the tweet. No matter how long an URL actually was, it counted for 23 characters (plus a space) on the tweet.

Now, whether it be a poll, a picture, a video or even a Quote Tweet (those were also linked), nothing will take away from your 140 limit. Just plain ‘ol URLs and @name mentions. Those may soon also go away.

The current batch of exceptions, announced in May, is rolling out today.

Via: Windows Central

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.