Twitter is a social media platform where you can post short messages referred to as tweets. Tweets are limited to 140 characters, which can make it challenging to share a complete thought or idea.
The character limit has caused some problems in the past. Some users have been suspended from the platform for tweeting threats and harassment in a limited number of characters.
Others have had their tweets hidden due to going over the character limit. This can be very upsetting as some users spend a lot of time crafting their tweet only to hit the send button too soon and lose it all.
Some have even had problems with their jobs due to this as they use Twitter for work-related purposes and having an incomplete tweet can cause issues.
With so many members of the community being invested in Twitter, it is important to know how to manage this platform to prevent any issues. This article will discuss how to manage your posts on Twitter based on your personal settings. Check out these tips!
Twitter text formatting
While you can insert images and video into your tweets, you cannot insert other content like text boxes or profile links. This limits how you can format your tweets.
The character limit also limits how you can convey information in a tweet. While it is the greatest challenge of the platform, learning how to concisely express an idea in a few characters is an art form.
Fortunately, Twitter allows you to use text formatting. You can italicize or bold words or add emphasize using the appropriate hashtags. You can even add small quotes within the tweet by using the quatation marks that are part of the keyboard.
The best way to learn all of the formatting tricks is to try them out. Look up what symbols represent what and see if they work! Many of them will automatically replace regular text with their corresponding symbol, so it is easy to test them out.
How long should my tweets be?
While the Twitter limit is 280 characters, it is not recommended to tweet everything at the full length. It can be uncomfortable for someone to read a long tweet from you, so try to keep them short and sweet!
If you have a lot to say, consider splitting up your thoughts into several tweets. Or, use Twitter videos if you have that option enabled.
Using our tips above, find the perfect time to tweet and spread your message!
Twitter allows for very little customization, so the character limit is set at 140 characters. This makes it difficult to fit any meaningful content into a tweet, which is part of the reason some features like Twitter DM’s allow for more text.
Other sites like Facebook and Instagram allow for longer posts, which can help spread your message more.
Make use of the quote feature
Another great way to fit more into your Tweets is to make use of the quote feature. When you insert a quote into your tweet, the account that said the quote will receive a notification and it will count towards the character limit.
This is great if you find a quote that is longer than Twitter’s character limit, as it gives the said account recognition for their work.
Quoting someone else also gives you more room to add your own thoughts or observations. You can also add your own quotes to different tweets to keep them separate, which gives you more flexibility.
If you have a lot to say on a topic and there is already plenty of other people tweeting about it, then create a thread with all of your comments! Threading tweets together makes it easier to read and respond to all of your points.
Don’t try to cram in every last word
While it may seem like the point of Twitter is to get away with tweeting as little content as possible, that’s not the case.
If every single character counts, why not make every character count? While you may want to fit in that one extra tweet, it may come at the cost of someone else seeing your post.
It can be tempting to try and squeeze in one more word when you’re counting characters, but don’t do it! You’ll end up with a really short tweet and that’s no good.
The best thing to do is probably write out a full sentence and then cut out any unnecessary words. Or maybe try using Twitter’s new long-winded tweet feature, which lets you write out a full sentence and includes an image so people know what’s going on.
Either way, try to avoid overshooting the character limit by trying to get rid of every single word that’s not necessary.
Use URL shorthands
When you want to mention a website in your tweet, you can either include the full URL or use a URL shorthand.
URL shorthands save characters by leaving out the domain name and subdomain. For example, instead of linking to google.com, you can link to g.co.
This makes it easier to share sites, since you only have to type the shorter domain. Plus, g.co is a free service that automatically shortens URLs, so there’s no need to use a different service to do that.
There are several different URL shorthands, and some of them even change depending on where you are located. The most common are bit.ly and goo.gl, so if someone tries to share a shortened URL with you, try typing it in on those sites first to see if it works.
Use emojis and hashtags properly
While not technically part of your tweet, emojis and hashtags can make your post more entertaining and informative.
Emojis are smiley faces or other graphic symbols that you insert into your tweets. You can find a wide variety of emoji on the Twitter icon at the top of the app.
You can also search for specific emoji in the search bar to add them to your tweets. Some examples are smiley faces, thumbs up signs, hearts, or poops.
When using emoji in a tweet, it is important to keep in mind what color tone they have. If you put a black and white emoji in your tweet, it will not show up!
Hashtags are pretty simple to use- just put # before what you want to tag and write the rest of the tweet.
Don’t use bots or spammy scripts
While some people use Twitter for business and/or marketing, for the most part, it’s a social media platform.
People use it to connect with friends, follow celebrities they admire, and to just have fun.
Spamming people’s feeds with ads for your products or services is not going to make you many friends. It will, in fact, do the opposite.
People will get annoyed and may even block you or report you. No one wants that!
Unfortunately, there are bots and spam scripts that do just that – spam people‘s feeds. They can get away with it because no one knows who programmed them. They’re anonymous so there’s no one to hold accountable.
Don’t repeat usernames or tags
It’s not worth trying to cram extra usernames or tags into your tweet. The character limit is hard enough to hit without adding extra characters.
Usernames and tags are automatically included in tweets when you include the # symbol followed by the username or tag.
So if you tweet something like “I love @TwitterSupport, they’re the best!” then Twitter will add the @TwitterSupport part for you.
If you really want to emphasize a username or tag, just use the plain text version instead of using the # symbol preceded by the username or tag. This way, you won’t have wasted any characters on the symbol or added an extra one at the end.
Try to avoid overusing hashtags in your tweets too. A good rule of thumb is to only use 1-2 per sentence (or word, depending on how long your sentences are).