Twitter Reduces Maximum Characters To 117

February 20, 2013

If you’re tweeting out a URL, your tweets just got a bit shorter.
Starting Wednesday, any tweet sent with a URL will be reduced to 118 characters, or 117 for https links.
First announced in December, the reduction is due to a change in Twitter’s link wrapper. It extends the maximum length of wrapped links from 20 to 22 characters for non-https URLs and from 21 to 23 characters for https URLs.
In short, the condensed links now take up a bit more space, leaving you with a little less space to add commentary with them. In total, the update represents a two-character drop per tweet.
Applications that use wrapped lengths are required to accommodate the new lengths starting Wednesday.
Will Twitter’s new length reduction change how you tweet? Let us know in the comments, below.

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