Twitter is moving towards introducing a major change in counting the characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to tweet longer messages.

The micro blogging site will soon exclude photos and links from the 140-character limit which it has allowed to tweet. The change could be in action in the next two weeks. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them.

Twitter’s 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message — a common way for sending Tweets when the service debuted in 2006, before the proliferation of smartphones.

Removing the character requirement for links and photos may encourage users to add more media to their posts. CEO Jack Dorsey said that the time that Twitter is “not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as it’s consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.”
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