Images and URLs will no longer count towards Twitter’s 140 char limit. What does this really mean?
There’s been so much talk this year about Twitter considering expanding the 140 character limit. The possibility has been met with much chatter on both sides.
- a 140 character limit makes it difficult to get your message across.
- a 140 character limit is micro-blogging and has become a distinctive form of online communication.
Think of Twitter as the present tense. Whatever is happening in the world, with your friends, families or colleagues, it is happening right now on Twitter, and you can watch it unfold in real time. Old mediums like television or radio are no longer the place to find breaking stories. Facebook may still be the all-time favorite social platform, but much of your newsfeed is older news that Facebook chooses to show you. Twitter is always real time.
Do you know this frustration?
How many times have you reworded and reworked a tweet because you needed just – 1 – more – character – space?!
Short content is what makes Twitter great, and it shows. Shorter tweets tend to reach farther and receive more retweets than full-length tweets.
- Short and sweet
- Get to the point
- Least time spent
- Hook them, then redirect them to a longer post
There are only two real changes:
- Post an image link now and no characters dedicated to that image will count towards your 140 Twitter limit.
- Post a URL link (shortened anyway) and now no characters dedicated to that link will count towards your 140 Twitter limit.
Enjoy the extra few characters. If you require more, throw your words on an image and spend time thinking of a compelling title instead.