Tweet Tw…. Twitter Shortens Tweet Length

News | 20th Feb

Twitter is now reducing the number of characters you can tweet.

Written by Kaye Neylon

As of today if you’re tweeting out a URL, you may notice your tweets just got a little bit shorter! Any tweet sent with a URL will be reduced to 118 characters, or 117 for https links.

This was first announced in December 2012, the character reduction is due to a small change in what Twitter calls it’s ‘ link wrapper’. Twitters definition of the link is as follows:

Twitter uses the domain as part of a service to protect users from harmful activity, to provide value for the developer ecosystem, and as a quality signal for surfacing relevant, interesting Tweets.

The way the link wrapper works is by extending the maximum length of wrapped links from 20 to 22 characters for non-https URLs and from 21 to 23 characters for https URLs. So now the condensed links take up a bit more space, thus leaving you with a little less space to tweet.

Will Twitter’s new length character reduction change how you tweet? Let us know in the comments box below! And don’t forget to rate this article!


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