Twitter's decision to change the way it shortens URL links in tweets will deprive users of two more characters.
The change, reported on the site's developer blog, is scheduled to come into effect on February 6, 2013. It will mean that embedded, shortened links in tweets (what Twitter refers to as t.co wrapped links), which currently account for 20 characters non-https or 21 characters for https, will now take up 22 or 23 characters respectively. This will rob users who like sending links of a further two characters with which to tweet.
As far as tech news stories go, it is not the end of the world, but it could lead heavy Twitter users to coin a host of new and memorable shortened words, terms and phrases over the next year to make up for this character shortfall.
Failing that, users can change the default service on their Twitter accounts from Twitter's t.co to bitly or try goo.gl, Google's URL shortener, among many others.