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Sharing a link? Twitter just cut your character limit

Are you a Twitter addict who shares every interesting link you see? You’re going to have to be more concise in future: from today onwards, you’re not going to have the full 140-characters to play with.

As Twitter announced back in December, it is making some changes to how its t.co link wrapper works, which will involve using up more of your precious characters. It is extending the maximum length of wrapped links shared on the service from 20 to 22 characters for non-https URLs, and 21 to 23 characters for https URLs, essentially meaning you can include two less characters in your link-heavy tweet.

No, shorteners won’t help — even typing in a really tiny URL won’t result in extra characters. For example, sharing a non-https URL (like the 20-character bit.ly shortlink below) may technically use fewer characters than the 22 character limit — but the changes mean that only 118 characters will remain in the tweet instead of the previous 120.

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Any applications that use the t.co wrapper had until today to make the necessary changes to their app to accommodate the extended link size.

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More
  • It’s still SO dumb that urls count as part of your character limit. it’s like saying if you add images “We will subtract a few characters”.

  • It’s always been a worthwhile challenge to reduce your otherwise verbose rambling as you see the allowed characters reduce at a rate of knots and brings it home that you can usually say the same thing in a more concise way. When trying to engage with potential customers that perhaps is not a bad thing.

    Have to agree with MonkeyMarcel, however, that including the link url is unhelpful!

  • We definitely hope so, Sylmaron. There has been hints of it making its way onto the current-gen consoles, but no concrete plans as yet.

  • Sylmaron

    Let’s hope so it would be nice.

  • Sylmaron

    Fingers crossed. :) Maybe it can fill the void of Silent Hills not making it.

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