Twitter cuts character numbers

The changes are a part of Twitter's plans to grow its advertising business. Photo / AFP
The changes are a part of Twitter's plans to grow its advertising business. Photo / AFP

Twitter users now have to keep it even more brief, as new changes giving them two characters fewer to express themselves come into force today.

The social media giant has announced that the way it deals with its weblinks means that tweets will be cut by two characters, the Telegraph reported.

Including a weblink in a tweet previously reduced the characters available from 140 to 120. Now anyone wanting to share a URL will be left with only 118 characters to write what they want.

Links to websites with the more secure "https" protocol will also be cut from 119 to 117.

While the move was announced in December last year, it wasn't implemented until today.

The changes are a part of Twitter's plans to grow its advertising business by assuming more control over content posted by members.

- www.nzherald.co.nz

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