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Here’s a Super-Easy Way To Beat Twitter’s 140 Character Limit

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Twitter’s 140-character limit for tweets is rooted in its origin as a text-based service: SMS messages have a 160-character limit, so tweets were limited to 140 characters, leaving 20 for users’ handles.

But it’s been years since most of us used text messages as our primary means of tweeting. Instead, it’s all about desktop or mobile apps. And yet that 140-character limit hangs around, taunting us.

Well, here’s a crafty way to break that limit: Just type out a super-long tweet, take a screenshot of it, and post that screenshot. Boom! You’ve beaten the limit. A caveat: This will eat up more mobile data than a simple text tweet, and it won’t be copy & paste-able.

Here’s a list of ways to take a screenshot on different devices:

  • iPhone/iPad
  • Android (varies by device)
  • Mac
  • Windows PC
  • Happy tweeting.

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