Twitter shortens Tweet URL characters to 117

1 Author : February 21, 2013 0

BANGALORE, INDIA: Twitter is no longer about 140 words. Micro blogging platform Twitter has asked its members to use fewer characters to express themselves. Earlier, including a web link cut the number of characters available in tweet was 140, but now it is 117.

Now when Twitter members want to share a URL they have to say everything in 117 words. If the website being linked to uses the more secure “https” protocol, there are now only 117 characters, where previously there were 119, the Telegraph reports.The change was announced to web developers in December, but has been implemented now.

When you post a link, Twitter automatically “wraps” it in another link beginning t.co.

According to Twitter this process allows it to protect the service from malicious websites that might spread computer viruses.

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