Tweeting is About to Become Slightly More Difficult

Twitter's 140-character rule for tweeting has become pretty iconic. And we have to hand it to them for not changing the rule since inception.

But for those of us who like to push the limits of our 140-character ceiling, Twitter plans to give us a little less breathing room. In a blog post to developers, the real-time information network unveiled that its link wrapper will be extended by two characters.

"We’re going to be extending the maximum length of wrapped links from 20 to 22 characters for non-https URLs, and 21 to 23 characters for https URLs," the microblogging platform said. It did not explain why.

What this means for tweeters is that, should they insert a link, they'll have two fewer characters to work with (as of February 6). You can still use alternative link shorteners that offer 20-character shortlinks, however.


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