Cool Writing Tool #5 by Kathleen S: Twitter Character Counter
When it comes to making social media posts on Twitter, brevity is key. According to Twitter’s own guidelines:
“Twitter limits Tweet length to 140 characters, making the definition of a ‘character’ and how they are counted central to any Twitter application.”
Most word applications have built-in tools that allow users to highlight text in order to see how many characters have been typed. The drawback is that this takes time. You have to type out your Twitter post, highlight it, go to “tools,” click on “word count” in the dropdown menu, and then try to determine if you want character count with spaces, or character count without spaces. And you have to make sure you haven’t highlighted any extra spaces in the text to begin with.
It’s a process that takes too much time for writers who earn their living by the hour.
Enter the Twitter Character Counter tool. This free tool requires no sign up or user registration to use. You simply type your Tweet in the text box, and the live counter at the bottom tells you how many more characters you still have left. If you go over, the box eliminates characters from the end of your text, so it’s impossible to go beyond the maximum allowed by Twitter. You can edit and refine your Tweet in the same text box.
From there, you can copy and paste anywhere, or you can send it right to Twitter. Just click on the “Pass on to Twitter” button, and it will bring you to your Twitter login page, where you can share your brilliant Tweet with the world.
This is such a convenient tool for writers especially who have to write a series of Twitter posts for clients. Remember–it’s free and you don’t have to register to use it. So there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try it out right now!
About the author
Kathleen S is a real estate expert with over 10 years of experience writing in the real estate industry. During the day, she works as a real estate assistant, specializing in high end and luxury homes. With over 25 years of experience in writing, Kathleen has honed her skills in a wide variety of writing mediums.