Twitter to increase link code length and shorten character limit

Even small changes can be scary, which is why Twitter is giving its users two months to prepare for its upcoming adjustment. By extending the maximum length of its link code, tweeters will lose two characters from their messages.

Twitter developer Jason Costa wrote in a blog post yesterday that the micro-blogging site's t.co link wrapper will grow from 20 to 22 characters (for HTTP links) and 21 to 23 (for HTTPS links), shortening the amount of possible characters users can tweet in one message. Traditionally, posting a link on Twitter uses up 20 characters, cutting the remaining amount to 120. Now, users will have 118 (or 117 for secure links) to post personalised messages.

Changes will begin on 6 February for developers, and will roll out to all users on 20 February, when the site will begin generating t.co URLs with the new maximum length. "So please consider this a heads up," Costa wrote.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment about what spurred the change.

Twitter is already messing with users, since Instagram disabled its Twitter Cards integration this week, leaving posted photos appearing cropped on either side.Who knows what mayhem removing two characters from the equation could mean for people?