Tweeting in 118 characters or less?

twitter on smartphone That’s right: Twitter’s already cramped 140 character limit has just gotten shorter for tweets that contain links.

Originally announced as a change to their t.co link wrapper in December on Twitter’s Dev blog, the changes went into effect today. Basically what it boils down to is that, although technically your tweets still have the same 140 character limit, any URLs that you attach will now take up two additional characters. This leaves you with 118 characters to play with if you post a normal link and 117 if you’re posting an https link.

Since most of my tweets contain links, and I already have trouble cutting my wordy self down to 140 characters, those 2 characters are kind of a big deal to me. What do you think? Will you have trouble working around this change, or are you a Tweep who usually has characters to spare? (If so, maybe Twitter would let me buy some of your extra characters!)

  1 comment for “Tweeting in 118 characters or less?

  1. Lee
    February 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Actually, being able to bank characters for another’s use is a pretty clever idea.

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