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Twitter is a great social networking website that can be used in a variety of different ways. Some people use it to post messages to friends and relatives, but others use it as a source of news and information or to post it. But why does it have that 140 character limit? It's strange, but it would alter the service compeletely if you could post 500 words or more. It just wouldn't be the same. No-one wants to write pages of waffle, or to read it, but wouldn't it be useful if we could squeeze in a few more characters? Do you struggle to get your message across in the space provided? Here are some tips that will enable you to say more, but without going over the 140 character limit on Twitter.

One way to squeeze in more words is to miss out the vowels. For example, "Ths sntnce is stll rdbl evn though mst of the vowls hve bn tkn out." You can save quite a few characters and enough for an extra word or two in your posting. Another technique is to take out the spaces too, "ThsSntnceIsStllRdblEvnThoughMstOfTheVowlsHveBnTknOut." It's a struggle to read, but it's just possible. Those are just two methods and it's not easy to do, so here are some alternatives.

Tweet Compressor uses the fact that there are special characters like the Roman numerals iv (4) and vi (6), and instead of them being two characters, they are actually one special character. There are other combinations too, like cc, ms, ns and others. You can type your message in the top box then copy the shortened version from the box below and paste it into your tweet.

Maxitweet takes this idea a stage further and it is a very clever web app that compresses your tweets. Like Tweet Compressor, it replaces two characters with one and the clever thing is that there are 10 different levels of compression. You simply click the level buttons to see the changes and when you're happy you can copy the result and post it on Twitter.


Tweet Cut enables you to enter your message and then it replaces certain words with common abreviations. So if you said "See you tomorrow" it would shorten it to "cya 2moro" and this saves a few characters. It uses the sort of abreviations you might use on a mobile phone, so you get 'l8r' for 'later' and so on. It's easy to use and quite useful.

There are a bunch of other services, but what they do is allow you to write a long message and then they provide you with a URL. So you tweet the URL and hope someone click it and reads your posting. It's not quite the same thing and you might as well get a blog and then just post links in Twitter.