How to Block Tweets Over 140 Characters (If You Really Must)

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After over a decade of staunchly proscribing customers to 140 characters in every message, Twitter simply flipped the change and enabled 280 characters in most supported languages. And never everyone seems to be completely happy.

Most customers appear at the very least grudgingly accepting of the brand new dynamic, however in the event you simply can’t stand all these Double Stuff tweets for some purpose, right here’s how to cover them in your browser.

On the Twitter Homepage

There are already a number of Chrome extensions that may both utterly cover 141+ character tweets, or just truncate them down to the unique restrict. The most effective one I’ve discovered is named 140 Characters Solely. When put in and enabled, it merely cuts off any tweet on Twitter’s homepage or embedded tweets that goes for greater than 140 characters. Like this:

Left: a typical extra-long tweet. Proper: the identical tweet truncated with 140 Characters Solely.

In the event you’d like one thing slightly extra versatile, Block280 will collapse 141+ character tweets, exhibiting you the unique poster and anybody within the message chain. It’s higher for somebody who desires to utterly ignore all lengthy tweets, but it surely was made a few months earlier than the complete change, and it has some points. Particularly, it would block any message with a sequence or attachments that transcend the unique 140 character restrict, together with embedded hyperlinks and pictures. It’s nice if you need to prohibit your feed to solely brief textual content messages, however restricted in any other case.

On the time of writing Tweets Truncator trims Twitter messages for Firefox customers, however there doesn’t seem to be an possibility for Opera. Which will change reasonably shortly as Twitter customers get bored with the Double Stuff life.

Be aware that every one of those extensions require permission to see every thing you view on Twitter.com, however seeing as these are pretty gentle permissions, we’re comfy recommending them.

On TweetDeck

In the event you desire TweetDeck to your tweet-reading, the open supply third-party extension Higher TweetDeck has you coated. It’s out there for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

Obtain and set up it, then go to the extension settings web page and click on “Content material.” Click on the test field subsequent to the setting marked “Allow common expression assist in Mute filters.” Click on “save” on the high of the web page.

Now go to TweetDeck itself in a brand new tab. Click on the settings gear icon within the lower-left nook, then click on “Mute.”

Underneath the “Matching” entry, add this textual content: ^[^]$ and click on “Mute.”

Now each tweet over 140 characters will disappear from your whole TweetDeck columns. Neat, huh? The mute operate will seem on all Twitter merchandise, however it would solely have an effect on TweetDeck in browsers with the Higher TweetDeck extension put in and common expression assist enabled. To reverse this variation, simply delete the mute filter.

On Cellular

On the time of this writing, there’s no method to block or truncate longer tweets on Android or iOS apps. Control the extra energetic cellular builders, nonetheless—it’s probably that such a characteristic is on their to-do lists.

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