Photos, videos no longer count toward Twitter’s 140-character limit

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Twitter users no longer have to feel boxed in when sharing media on the social networking site as what counts toward the 140-character limit changed as of Monday.

Photos, videos, animated GIFs, polls and quoted tweets no longer count toward the limit. Twitter announced the changes in May. Changes to the way reply tweets are handled have not yet taken effect.

Prior to the May announcement, there had been speculation that Twitter was doing away with the character limit all together, but that turned out not to be the case.

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The San Francisco company, which recently celebrated its 10th birthday, is dwarfed by its rival, Facebook. Its current number of users, about 310 million users, trails even than the professional networking service LinkedIn.

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