9 Ways to Get the Most out of 140 Characters

May 6th, 2009 |


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Do you find yourself struggling to get your tweets to not only fit within the 140 character limit on Twitter, but also to make sense?  Here are some tips to help you get the most out of 140 characters.

  1. Less is More – Just because you can use up to 140 characters does not mean you HAVE to.  Just be clear and concise, and if you end up way under the 140 character limit, there is nothing wrong with that!
  2. Shorten URL’s – By default Twitter will shorten URL’s with tinyurl.  However, there are some services out there such as BudURL which will actually track your clicks.
  3. Use Acronyms – There are so many acronyms floating around, but I would suggest sticking to more common ones so that there is not any confusion of what you are trying to say.  Some notable common ones are LOL, BRB, TTYL, RT, etc.  Not sure what acronym to use?  There are many acronym guides online you can take a look at.
  4. Be Actionable – Basically what this means is that if you are reading a post, put the prefix “reading:” in front of your Tweet title.  Same goes for any other type of action such as posting, commenting, etc.  These may help generate higher click throughs.
  5. Put Away Your SAT Words – Sure, you might be borderline genius, but do you really need to say “discombobulated” in your tweet?  Probably not…find a more simpler, shorter word to use when possible.  This will save you precious characters in the end!
  6. Don’t Use “And” – Save yourself 2 characters by using “+” or” &” instead of “and”.
  7. Use Numbers Instead of Numbers – Sounds confusing huh?  However, quite the opposite….use numbers such as 12, 42, 55, etc.; instead of writing twelve, forty-two, fifty-five, etc.
  8. Never Use the Spacebar More than Once – Simply don’t ever have two consecutive spaces in your tweet.  Each space counts as a character, so one space between words is more than enough in a tweet.
  9. Eliminate Personal Pronouns – Instead of saying “I am going to retweet this post”, say “Going to retweet this post.”  Or if you really want to save characters, try “Going to RT this post.”

So there you have it.  9 Ways to get the most out of 140 characters.  While I know there is more than 9 ways to do this, what other methods do you use to fit under the 140 character limit?

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