HootSuite showed me being 3 characters under the 140 character limit so I wasn’t sure what the problem was.
However, when I copied and pasted the message to the Twitter website, it showed me being 1 character over!
I assumed this was the cause of the error with HootSuite and presumed it was an issue with the way that HootSuite does the character count vs Twitter.
I obviously needed to shorten the tweet to post it, so I edited it. I decided to remove the .com from a web address: 500px.com. Once I did that, I noticed I had 14 characters left…?
Wait, I was one character over (-1), I just removed 4 characters, and now I’m at +14, a difference of 15 characters – how did that happen?
I reckon this is down to the nice little message at the bottom saying ‘links will appear shortened’. I think Twitter has started using its own link shortening system and is automatically shortening all links posted through it.
I appreciate that Twitter wants to shorten long links for people automatically – that could be useful, but lengthening short links is ridiculous, especially by as much as 15 characters or more!