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Twitter said to release an awesome new update later this month

by Jacob Kleinman | May 17, 2016May 17, 2016 3:40 pm PST

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Twitter has struggled to improve and expand its service without ruining what makes the social network unique and special. Now, the company may have a plan to tweak its 140-character limit to make tweeting out images and links a lot easier.

Bloomberg reports that Twitter will stop counting photos and links as part of its strict character limit in an upcoming update. The switch is apparently set to happen within the next two weeks, according to an anonymous inside source.

Twitter already shortens links shared in tweets, cutting them down to 23 characters automatically. But that still takes up a good chunk of your allotted space. Once the update hits, it should be easy to share media on the social network without obsessing over your character count.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s previously said he’s looking into ways for people to share large chunks of text easily on the site. Many users have found a workaround by simply snapping screenshots of text and attaching it as a photo, which will work even better once this rumored update hits. The company also apparently considered drastically raising its character limit to 10,000, but quickly shot down that idea.

This rumored change seems like a pretty good compromise. It should keep regular Twitter users pretty happy, but whether it’s enough to bring in droves of new people to the service remains to be seen.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...