Twitter May Cut Users Some Slack on 140-Character Rule

Twitter has been rolling out subtle changes over the past year.

May 17, 2016, 12:03 PM

— -- Twitter is changing to make users happy.

The social network has undergone a gradual metamorphosis over the past year to make the site more user-friendly and exciting. Turning new users into full-on Twitter converts (or in investor jargon "daily active users") helps the company attract more advertisers, and in theory, more revenue.

Twitter's next possible move may be its most welcome yet. The company's famous 140-character limit may no longer count photos and links, according to a Bloomberg report. A Twitter representative told ABC News, "We don't comment on rumors or speculation."

If true, the new rule could help put an end to the all-too-common struggle of fitting in a coherent message along with a photo and link on the micro-blogging site. It also wouldn't be the first time over the past year Twitter has taken a longtime practice and modified it in favor of helping users.

A new "home timeline" feature debuted in February, shaking up the traditional reverse chronological timeline by first showing the top tweets a user is most likely to care about since they were last on the site.

Twitter dropped its longtime star icon that signified a favorite tweet last November and replaced it with a heart, which is meant to signify a like.

"We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite," Akarshan Kumar, a Twitter product manager, said in a blog post last year.

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