Checking if tweets are under 140 characters


The Twitter bird

Here's a little trick you can use to check how long a Twitter tweet is if you're specially crafting it in a text file or somewhere else and you don't have access to an editor that can count characters in real time. It sounds stupid, but this super-high-tech trick really works!

  1. Open your text editor that uses a monospaced font
  2. Write ten characters in a row (not literally, like this: oooooooooo)
  3. Highlight them, then copy and paste 14 times
  4. Write your tweet underneath and check the length!

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