Twitter has revealed several changes that all Twitter users will be thankful for. Effective immediately, when you add photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quoted Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within you Tweet.
Apart front these latest changes, Twitter is testing out upcoming changes to replies. These changes will mean that @names will no longer count towards the 140 character count.
Again, Thank. God.
We can’t see these changes being met with much backlash from the Twitter community. The word count is limited by design, but photos and GIFs reducing your word count were not the best choices. Changing the reply system will also benefit users and allow for tweets to contain more content.
We live in hope that URLs will receive the same treatment.