When we got wind of a potential extension of Twitter's character limit a while ago, a large proportion of the social network's users lost their shit. How can you rid Twitter of its defining feature? Of its USP?
But founder Jack Dorsey managed to calm us all down by confirming we wouldn't be able to just write what we wanted. Which was quite frankly a relief, because I had images of people posting War & Peace-length tweets and it taking me about four years to scroll down to the next post on my feed.
Although the 140 character limit, based on the length of a standard text message, can be a real hassle sometimes—like when you know you've got the potential to be seriously witty while live-tweeting your experience of being locked out the house, but the letter count is doing its best to suppress your natural-born humor—we recognize that it's there for the greater good. We need to be snappy and articulate in life, and Twitter helps us with these skills.
But the clever folks at the social network have come up with a brilliant compromise; a way of extending the character-limit without throwing everything into disarray and letting people do what the feck they want.
Twitter will soon remove URL links and pictures from the letter-count, which will do us all a big favor, really. Currently, posting a link in your tweet will take up a valuable 23 characters, while a picture will consume 24 of your precious 140 spaces. But now, we'll be free to post pictures and links to our hearts' content, while still having the full 140 characters left to deliver an inevitably hilarious comment alongside it.
Although the decision has not been made public by Twitter yet, an insider is reported to have said that the changes could come into force within the next two weeks. So make sure you save up all your best tweets to really get the most out of them.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.