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Twitter’s longer tweets are now live

Media attachments no longer count toward the 140-character limit.

Asa Mathat

Twitter is finally changing what counts against its long-standing 140 character limit.

Starting Monday, media attachments like photos, videos and polls will no longer count toward Twitter’s character limit. The company is also “testing” an option in which a user’s @handle is excluded from the count when you reply to a tweet. That would leave a full 140-characters for users to respond to whatever others are saying.

Twitter announced these changes back in May, but they are finally live for users. The plan to expand Twitter’s character count has been a year in the making (and the idea has been kicked around internally for much longer). At one point, Twitter considered changing the limit to 10,000 characters, but that plan has obviously changed.

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