Twitter officially announced May 24 that @names will also not be included in the character count. You also don’t have to add a period before usernames for them to be seen in followers’ feeds.
The days of forcing abbreviations so you can fit your text and a photo under Twitter’s 140-character limit will soon be history. According to a report from Bloomberg Today, in as few as two weeks, Twitter will no longer count images and URLs in its character limit.
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