ViaÂ mashable.comÂ by Emily Price
Think 140 characters isnâ€™t enough to say what you want in a tweet? Get ready for 117.
Starting in February, tweets that contain URLs will be reduced to 118 characters, 117 for https links. While that may seem like a huge drop, the change represents a two-character drop per tweet from what you are currently able to send when a hyperlink is involved.
Announced ThursdayÂ on Twitter’s developer blog, the adjustment is due to some upcoming changes in Twitterâ€™s t.co link wrapper. The revision extends the maximum length of t.co wrapped links from 20 to 22 characters for non-https URLs and from 21 to 23 characters for https URLs.
What that means: When you tweet out hyperlinks thatÂ TwitterÂ shortens, those links will now take up a little more space, reducing the content you’ll be able to add to the message.
The announcement this week was meant as a heads up for developers, in order to give them time to update their applications before the change takes place.
Twitter users wonâ€™t see the switch go into effect until Feb. 20, 2013.
Do you think the two-character loss will make a difference in how you tweet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.