Twitter seems to be fiddling about while Rome burns. Its latest daftness is to double everyone’s character limit, from 140 to 280. Of course plenty of tweets are still nowhere near the new character limit but too many of those that are can make scrolling on a phone a bit disheartening. To be honest I thought the rot set in when Twitter made images automatically appear (rather than clicking to view) 😉 I’m sure we’ll all get used to this and in a few months Twitter will give us something new to bleat about.
If you’re on Firefox there are at least two addons that have been created in the last couple of days. I tried out the one called proper length tweets and it’s working fine for me. There’s also one called Tweet Truncator which I’ve not tried.
You can also use Dabr which is a simplified browser-based version of Twitter which won’t let you write more than 140 and truncates longer tweets. No addons needed, just authorise it to interact with your Twitter account and away you go.
Someone’s done something for Tweetdeck (with extensions for Chrome, Opera and Firefox browsers) that involves github so it’s likely beyond me but see what you think.
Similarly Tweetbot apparently lets you play with regular expressions to prune out any tweet that’s longer than 140 – though I think this would actually remove it from your timeline, rather than showing a truncated version which I’d prefer.