Today, Twitter announced it is no longer counting non-text items towards the character limit. Newly-excluded items are photographs, videos, GIFs, polls, and quoted tweets.
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
Now when you tweet, you’ll notice that only what you type uses up the 140-character limit that has long been a staple of the platform. Everything else is just free to be attached to your tweets.
Source: Twitter (Twitter)