One of the unique features of Twitter is that your status updates on Twitter, called Tweets, can have a maximum length of 140 characters. While considered a great selling point by many, others consider it a limitation because of the lengthy ideas and thoughts many people have. I myself [Bes Z] sometimes want to tweet long messages, and in the end, usually have to trim down my thoughts to make them 140-char compliant.
If you like writing 140+ char tweets, you have some options.
Well, if you like the idea of tweeting longer statuses, which can go along with the way you post long statuses on Facebook, there is a way to do that: you simply tweet a long message, and an outside service, with your permission, cuts it off and posts a link within your tweet. That link takes anyone, who clicks it, to a page showing your full tweet, whether it is 141 characters or a 2500 character essay. Thus, your Twitter profile will still show a 140 character tweet, and that tweet will contain a link taking your interested friends and followers to the full message on a website outside of the Twitter website. Some other services simply replace some words in your message with similar words or smaller alternates. That results in a shorter message, a different kind of lettering and almost the same kind of message, in addition to the notion that you abbreviate things.
While this is the same as blogging on an external site and linking to it in your tweet, the difference between that latter trend and the websites listed below is that the service listed below focus solely, or at least mainly, on Twitter and you posting something on their website and then posting a link to that something on Twitter or elsewhere.
A Twitter bug temporarily allowed longer than 140-characters tweets
In the past, it used to be possible for a while to post something longer than 140 characters in Twitter directly. It was a bug, and Twitter let that bug be active for a while. However, Twitter has since then closed the bug. It could be because Twitter prefers the entire messages showing on people’s timelines, instead of messages that are cut off from the main display and forcing people to click a link to see the full message.
Some alternatives to the 140-char limit
Following are some of the services that allow you to automatically tweet more than 140 characters.
- TinyPost. Allows you to write longer than 140-char messages, and have them tweeted, with a link to the full message.
- Tiny Paste. Allows you to write or paste anything into a text box, have your entire written message saved as a link, and then the link posted on Twitter.
- Social.com – Formerly BigTweet.com. Basically allows you to share long pieces of text or links you find online with others, including people on Twitter.
- TwitLonger. This is a service similar to the TinyPost and Tiny Paste services listed above. You write something long and then TwitLonger will post it to Twitter for you with a 140-char tweet that will contain a link to your full longer-than-140-char message.
- MaxiTweet. MaxiTweet offers the most unique tweet or text shortening service listed here. It actually replaces the words in your text with similarly looking words in different codes. Let us see an example of this. Imagine if you want to tweet the following:
For example, this line contains 163 characters that you want to post on Twitter. You want everyone to read them without forcing others to click anything.
After you copy paste, or write, the above text in MaxiTweet, you can set a compression level and have a resulting output that looks like the following, which is exactly 140 characters.
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As you can see, a lot of spaces and combined characters have been replaced by their other encoded counterparts, which look similar to the original letters. It can be a little hard to read, which is also a very reason why such a shortening is possible.
- TwtFaq. TwitFaq basically allows you to answer or reply to people on twitter with longer answers and categorized information. In a simple nutshell, it allows you to answer different kinds of things and include a category of different textual or visual information, and have the link of the page with all your message posted on Twitter.
- 140it. 140it is a service that allows you to type in a long message and have it shrunk as much as possible by alternatives to common words. For example, they convert “to” into a “2” to save space.
- TweetShrink. TweetShrink, like 140it, allows you to post your long message and have many of its words replaced, or shrinked, by smaller alternatives.
- TweetDeck – Tweet Deck is a downloadable Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn client that has has TweetShrink built in. You can write any tweet and use the built-in TweetShrink to shrink it.
TweetShrink focuses on shortening the words it can find replacements for, and will not always result in a 140-characters or less tweet. Our tweet is still long, though shorter compared to our original text.
Posting more than 140 characters is possible?
The above services allow you to easily post longer than 140-character tweets by usually allowing you to post something on a site outside of twitter and then allowing you to link to that outside site with you message. Other services allow you to shorten your message in different ways. In the end, if you want to write something solely for twitter that is more than 140 characters, these are the way to go. While these services and alternates do not actually and directly allow you to post something on Twitter that is more than 140 characters, they do allow you simpler alternatives to help overcome that limitation, or requirements, in order to convey a message that may require more characters.
What do you think? Do you usually tweet more than 140 letter tweets? Have you use any of the above or any other such service? Do you think posting more than 140 characters on Twitter is not possible and that many of the above services simply link to an outside service to show full text?
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