Back in May, amid rumors that it would extend the character limit to 10,000 characters, Twitter announced that it planned to lengthen tweets by excluding media from the character limit. That change is now live. One exception: Linking to another tweet still uses up your precious characters, since links still count against the limit.
Images, GIFs, videos, polls, and quoted tweets no longer count against your tweet’s 140-character limit.
Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC
— Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016