For Tweeters who need all 140 characters to deliver their insights and witticisms to the world, we have some bad news.
Starting in February, the microblogging service explained on its developers blog, Twitter will reduce the number of characters from 120 to 118 in tweets that include a normal link beginning with "http." For special links that start with "https," which indicates the link is coming from a secure website, the character count is being brought down from 119 to 117.
What this means for you: Every time you tweet out a link to an article or some other website, you will have two fewer characters to add your treasured punditry.
The company in an email declined to share why it had made the change. But we'll venture a guess. Today, whenever you insert a long URL into a tweet, it gets shortened to a link that begins with "t.co/" and includes eight seemingly random characters. Perhaps Twitter needs to increase that number of characters to 10 to make room for more links in the future.
Until February, let's let the Twitterverse freak out. In 2013, our little digital soapboxes will shrink by an inch.
Pictures Of Your Debit Cards
Stop with these photos! Seeing your account number and name is too much information to willingly give away. To curb this recent trend, <a href="https://twitter.com/NeedADebitCard" target="_hplink">@NeedADebitCard </a>has started calling people out on Twitter who pose with their plastic.
Too Many Hashtags
#One or #two #hashtags is #enough, #people. Also is #FF an outdated fad yet? #Itshouldbe #Imsoironic. Oh and #PS Don't you love #ridiculouslylonghashtags?
Requests For Retweets
There is a certain desperateness if all of your tweets scream "Plz RT!" or "RT if you love this!" We probably won't do as we're told.
Your Own Twitter Handle
That's like talking about yourself in third person. (And you probably shouldn't do that either.)
Ah, the humblebrag: "People keep telling me I look great today, but I'm so fat!" "This picture of me is horrible, but thanks for all the compliments!" The only boasts we like are those aggregated by <a href="https://twitter.com/Humblebrag/" target="_hplink">@humblebrag</a> -- and that's because all of your subtle swagger is being mocked.
We know you go out with your friends on Friday night. And that's totally fine -- but maybe when you puke in the back of a taxi at 4am, you should keep those tweets to yourself? Or maybe not... We kind of like reminding you to delete them the next day.
Your Klout Score
So you're influential about the topic of "coffee?" Wow. Your klout might <em>actually</em> be worth a #humblebrag.
Rapid-Fire Instagram Pics All Day
We love Instagram. But, alas, there can be too much of a good thing. It's bothersome when you tweet 17 pictures of your dog or your baby a day. And might that also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/instagram-tips_n_1557614.html" target="_hplink">annoy your Instagram followers?</a> For a fun little Insta-mocking Twitter account, check out <a href="https://twitter.com/textigram" target="_hplink">@textigram</a>, which tweets what your photos would be if they were described via text. "Latte with heart shape in foam" and "Wing of airplane, hashtagged #flying" are some recognizable examples.
'Good Morning' Tweets
Imagine if we all tweeted "good morning" or "good night" with no updates, anecdotes, or witticisms. The Twittersphere would be a pretty boring place. Don't put us back to sleep in the a.m.; resist the early morning greeting to no one in particular.
Food Pics At Every Meal
Especially if they are photos of the fast food variety. We can only see but so many Dorito tacos and Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers.
Every Place You Check Into On Foursquare
We don't want to see an automated message about your trip to Dunkin' Donuts every morning.
Tweets About You Working Hard
It makes us feel lazy, especially on a Tuesday night when we're out at dinner.
Passive Agressive Tweets
These tweets are awkward, angsty, and remind us of MySpace circa 2004. Just take a punch, why don't ya?
There's a reason why some of us don't follow Kim Kardashian or Katy Perry on Twitter. Kindly keep the latest gossip on your own newsfeed.
Tweets About How Many Followers You Have
You win some; you lose some. Either way, we don't really care about your follower count just like you probably don't care about ours.