Twitter is finally, at long last, relaxing its 140 character limit, in a move it should have made years ago. The company today announced that basically anything that isn’t plain old text or emojis will no longer count toward your character limit.
You still only get 140 characters towards your messages, but adding quotes, polls, videos, or images will no longer count towards your limit. On the other hand, if you only ever include text in your tweets, there’s no difference.
Frankly, it’s a move Twitter should have made eons ago. It already shortens long links to limit the damage towards your word count, so might as well make links not count at all.
Of course, Twitter likely worried about the implications of expending its character limit; the brevity of tweets has largely defined the social network’s character. But this seems like a fair compromise.
The feature is ‘rolling out now’ so you may not see it quite yet, but expect to be able to send longer tweets anytime now.