Twitter has implemented the popular idea of excluding media files and polls from the original 140-character limit. In other words, users of the social network can include images, videos, polls, GIFs, and quote other tweets with them not adding up to the character limit, enabling users to express more in words.
“Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters,” a tweet from Twitter’s official account read.
This feature to exclude media from character limit was promised earlier (in May 2016) but it appears it’s only now they’ve finally relented the hold and gone ahead to implement it.
This is a welcome move to keep Twitter users stay active and express more. It may be seen as a dire effort to keep their hold against other social media sites, most importantly Facebook. Despite an increase in the active monthly users, the micro-blogging site is still finding it hard to convince advertisers to spend more money that is a threat to the overall progress.
Links will continue to affect the character limit.
Having said that the move to exclude character limits might affect the trade to some extent.