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Twitter is about to do you a massive favour on character counts

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Typical. You've spent years honing the skill of crafting the perfect Tweet, performing succinct acrobatics to accommodate space-hungry links (23 characters) and images (24 characters) - and then Twitter goes and changes the rules.

In news that will delight and exasperate social media types the world over ("What use is my niche skillset now?!"), Bloomberg has word from a source within Twitter that the company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit. 

Back in January, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey hinted at a change to the 140-character limit when he sent the following Tweet. 

Following some concerning financial performances, it looks like Twitter is now eager to mix up its features in an attempt to remain appealing to users in what's becoming a crowded social market: while Google, Facebook and newcomers Snapchat have managed to grow their advertising revenues, Twitter has struggled.

It's not clear when the changes will come about, but Bloomberg's source suggests that they'll be announced in two weeks.

With users not restricted by placing multiple photos and links, we're predicting one of two things will happen:

  1. Everyone gets creative and some new, interesting ideas start cropping up in our feeds
  2. Our feed becomes a mess of endless adverts from advertisers engaging in endless brandter (the hideous personification of a brand)

Let's be honest, it'll probably be a bit of both. 

[Via: Bloomberg]

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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