Did you know that you don't need to use link shorteners (bit.ly, etc.) on Mastodon? All links, no matter how long, only count for 23 characters against your 500 limit!

(And since link shorteners are bad for user experience and break the web, there's almost no good reason to use 'em! 😄)

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@jond Interesting. When I first joined Mastodon the post title that introduced me to it was "A tweet pretends to be 140 characters: A toot is 500 characters" since Mastodon didn't do anything funny with links, user names, etc. Funny to see that changing. Is there a reason why?

@Canageek It avoids encouraging bad behavior: you're not penalized for posting links (esp. non-shortened links). Someone else's choice of a long URL doesn't eat up half of your message space. Etc.

It's been this way since April 2017.

(There's a similar reason that text you put in the image description field doesn't count against you. "Here, do the right thing. It won't eat into your message.")

@jond make sense, and you already can't assume how long a post will be since different instances have different length limits.

@Canageek @jond Or requirements - There is/was a Masto instance that only allows the characters "e", "E" and " " as a joke, IIRC.

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