While rumors have been floating for a couple of weeks, this morning Twitter made it official that big changes are coming to the 140 character limit of the micro-blogging site. The updates, which will take effect over the course of the next several months, will make replies and attached images not count against your character limit. That means you can attach a photo to your Tweet and it not consume upwards of 23 characters to link. It is a huge change and while the 140 character limit which has made the service popular is still in place, it will become a lot more user friendly and flexible as these updates roll out.
Bloomberg is reporting that Twitter is considering making a small but important change to how they handle links to photos and URLs in Tweets, perhaps as soon as next week. According to the report, the company is considering not counting links to photos and other web links against the 140-character limit that is place for Tweets today. It is a small change but with URLs taking up to 23 characters, that adds a lot of space for users to get more content in their posts.
The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.
While Twitter themselves did not comment on this article from Bloomberg, there has been plenty of rumblings about the company making changes to their character limits. This, it seems, is a good compromise.
Vine for Windows Phone has been out since November 2013 and aside from a few very minor updates has remained virtually untouched. It was, until today, a classic example of there been an app update gap for Windows Phone when you compare it to other platforms. Today a new build, version 2.5 for those keeping score at home, has hit the Windows Phone store and it is a significant improvement over the previous version. The biggest feature by far in this update is the ability to upload previously shot videos from your camera roll. This means you can now, finally, shoot a video now then Vine it to Twitter later.