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The LetterCount
Joke of the day:

This is a free online calculator which counts the number of characters or letters in a text, useful for your tweets on Twitter, as well as a multitude of other applications.

Whether it is Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Yelp or just a note to co-workers or business officials, the number of actual characters matters. What you say may not be as important as how you say it. And how many characters you use.

To start counting your letters, simply write or paste the text into the text area and Count characters.


Facebook Character Limits:

Like any other social media site Facebook has length requirements when it comes to writing on the wall, providing status, messaging and commenting. Understanding how many characters you can use, enables you to more effectively use Facebook as a business or campaign tool.

Private messaging is one of the main ways that people interact on Facebook. This type of direct messaging can be either an instant message (chat), or a regular email-type message. For both instant and regular messaging, there is a 20,000 character limit.

A Facebook status may have character limits, but considering that it is at 63,206 characters, unless you are writing War and Peace, you should be fine. Facebook has raised this number 12 times to accommodate user’s status and feedback.

Facebook wall posts have a 5000 character limit, but truncation begins at 477 characters. This enables someone to write a thoughtful response or create something similar to a blog.

An area which is rarely used in Facebook is the Notes section. It is a writing area which many bloggers find useful. The reason is because Facebook Notes does not have a character limit, as of yet. Users are directed to this area if they have very long status or comment to make. This can be used to someone's advantage if they have a longer post to make and wish to share it with their friends through tagging.

At Facebook, users upload and post new photos every day. When uploading pictures, users may need to write a description, which has a 5000 character limit. Once uploaded, few friends will comment about the post, which should give them a character limit of 8000 characters.

On news feeds, long posts only show the first 1,200 or so characters.

To summarize Facebook character limits:

  • instant message (chat): 20,000 total
  • regular message: 5,000
  • status: 63,206
  • wall posts: 5,000 (truncated at 477 letters)
  • picture descriptions: 5,000
  • photo comments: 8,000
  • news feed on long posts: 1,200 or so.

Blogspot

On Blogger, a Blog Description can be up to 500 characters long. The About Me page can contain no more than 1,200 letters. And the Interests and Favorites on the Profile can have no more than 2,000 characters per area.


Ebay

  • title: 80 characters
  • description: unlimited
  • description for mobile browsers: unlimited
    • if description longer than 800 characters: truncated to 250 characters; Ebay generated description summary
    • if description less than 800 characters and using basic HTML, CSS or text: displayed entirely
    • if using more complex HTML or active content or description longer than 800 characters, the summary content can be specified using HTML (line breaks count as 50 characters)

Source: Ebay (look at the FAQs tab)


When Space Matters:

A post for loved ones, friends, co-workers, or probably business officials may be done through Twitter, Facebook, and Yelp. And it is crucial to consider the letter count or the number of actual characters in the text. What you say may not matter as how you said it and the number of characters you intend to use. And many online users worry about word count.

In social media sites, efficiency also comes down to lettercount. For instance, Twitter now allows a 280 character limit, which has been raised from only 140 previously. This is to show you what 280 letters / characters look like, which is ungenerous to compose all your thoughts.

So if you learn to utilize the letter count to your favor, you are one step ahead of the game. Word counters are good, but letter count is often more valuable. In a situation of a hard character limit, an online letter counter will be of more use to you.

You should:

  • Consider what words to use in your post, and which words can be substituted with something shorter.
  • Remember to letter count any name or intellectual property you have to use so you can take them into account when you count your words and letters later.
  • Try to think of more ways to shorten the sentence while still stating your thoughts concisely but clearly.
  • Write in complete sentences. A hard character limit is no excuse for bad grammar.

Counting letters in your Word Processing software

The online counter of lettercount.com often appears as the easiest way to count characters. However it is also sometimes possible to obtain a charactercount using your text editing software.

Character counting tools can be a huge help in many situations, especially when submitting written material online. Online submission forms frequently limit character input. A college admissions essay may limit input to 5000 characters, while social media may limit a status update to 280 characters. Many word processing programs provide a tool for determining the character count in a document. Here are various ways to locate the character count in your software text editor:

How to count characters in Microsoft Word 97 - 2002:

Select the TOOLS menu and then WORD COUNT. A dialogue box will appear containing the character count.


How to count letters in Microsoft Word 2007 - 2010:

Select the REVIEW tab. Select WORD COUNT from the box labeled PROOFING. A dialogue box will appear containing the character count.


How to count characters in Microsoft WordPad:

WordPad is a simple text editor. It does not contain a character count function.

Counting letters in Microsoft Notepad:

Notepad is a simple text editor. It does not contain a character count function.

How to count characters in OpenOffice:

Select the TOOLS menu and then WORD COUNT. A dialogue box will appear containing the character count.


Letter counter in LibreOffice:

LibreOffice 4 displays the character count in the status bar at the bottom of the program, along with the word count. For a detailed character count, select the TOOLS menu and then WORD COUNT. A dialogue box will appear containing the character count.


Counting characters in AbiWord:

Select the TOOLS menu and then WORD COUNT. A dialogue box will appear containing the character count.


Character count in WordPerfect:

Select the TOOLS menu and then WORD COUNT. A dialogue box will appear containing the character count.


How to count letters in Google Docs:

Select the TOOLS menu and then WORD COUNT. A dialogue box will appear containing the character count.


Character counting tools many times will provide additional information, such as the character count with and without spaces. In addition, many of the programs will perform a character count of a selected text. To do this, select the text requiring a character count and simply open the character count tool.

In many cases, the simplest is to paste your text on this site to obtain the number of characters or letters.


How Letters are Written and Counted

In the current and modern society, letters come in all forms. We use letters to communicate with other people anywhere in the world. In business, employees create business letters at one point in time, and include counting the characters. To simplify things, the users utilize software to type the document and count the number of words and characters they use. Another way to count the number of characters or words in letters is through a character counter online.

One type of letter people write is a Love Letter. This is the art of expressing one’s feeling to a person he or she likes or loves. Here, writers are conscious of how they should write; which includes counting the number of words and characters. Sometimes, the letter may need counters to help them formulate the letter. This fact is especially true when a male writes a love letter to his woman. Counters may just be used to count the characters to check they didn’t exaggerate the message. Love letters are much easier to write than business letters. Business letters contain a limit to the number of characters included in the letter, which can be more difficult to conceptualize than a love letter. A love letter is written using free style. With modern technology, this letter can be posted in social media sites like Twitter. On Twitter, you just have to tweet your message on the status; and receive comments or feedbacks from links. However, one has to deal with limited characters of around 280.

When you write a text or article, it is important to know the number of characters or letters. We all know that we have to express what we feel and how it should be portrayed. And it may not be easy to count the exact number of letters, especially if done manually. If you need to count characters, it may sound a boring and daunting task. However, there are programs or character counters to do the counting for you. In this way, you just write freely whatever you like and the software will do the counting of characters or words for you.

After writing an article or text, allow the program to count the number of characters you have written. This should give you idea on how you are doing, and how many letters you still need to write. Always remember that character counting includes all characters in a sentence, and not just letters. This is how many sites count when they put a limit on the size of the text, often including the spaces between letters.

You may feel counting letters and characters are prohibiting you from expressing yourself; that it stifles your writing. It is just right to feel this way. But instead of such feeling, let yourself grow as a writer when you work on limiting the number of characters in your article or text. You may want to work with advert slogans, for instance, like remembering slogans from your childhood days. These are short, succinct and expressive texts to remember. So think of it that way when you count characters or letters in your article. Be stimulated by using synonyms, antonyms, and acronyms to express yourself and become a better writer.

Sometimes, you may need to write longer sentences, which can minimize the character count. This is because many grammatical expressions may have to be written once instead of several times. A comma while it counts should accomplish the same number of letters. You surely want your readers to get the point of your message – be it an informative text, an instruction to workers, or simply to express appreciation. Keep in mind your goal in writing is to have readers understand your writing, and this can be accomplished with a limited number of letters or characters.

Counting letters and characters are more or less impossible for a normal text. Even if a site only allows a limited number of characters, say 280 (a typical limit on few popular sites like Twitter), it is still the average length of a normal sentence. It is very easy to get lost in time on something that is irrelevant. Everybody knows that time is money; and time is too short to count letters and characters by yourself. Simply putting the text in a character counter is much better and saves you more time; and you can use it for your regular writing.

The best part of using Character Counters is having you count the number of characters you have used already. It’s indeed useful as you have the character counter to help you probably reword a long phrase or status in online posts.

Facebook is a popular social media site, which is more renown than Twitter and MySpace. The networking site includes limiting the number of characters in your post as well. It also has its own character counter to counts the number of words typed in the wall, status and comment.

Another popular form of communication is SMS or texting through your mobile phones. Here, you basically send a short message to someone, which can be done quickly. Just like utilizing a computer, texting also has a character limit and a built-in character counter. It is good to keep counters for convenience as it can be uncomfortable to count the characters yourself.

Books, mails, articles, novels, poems, and short stories are likely used much lesser as past time. The modern letters we have today are still being used in selected areas, but not as much as these were before. Basically, these are now used to express one’s feelings or authority, which is partnered by monitoring the number of characters or letters. And modern technology has made it easier and simpler through using softwares and electronic counters. People can even now use popular social media sites, which include character counters for articles and letters.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 5 days agofrom Essex, UK

    Billie Raucci and Anil.K.R; thank you both very much for you comments. Cheers, Alun

  • Anil.K.R 6 days ago

    Love your stories

  • Billie Raucci 6 weeks agofrom Illinois

    Love your stories and ideas!

  • Greensleeves Hubs 7 weeks agofrom Essex, UK

    Finn Liam Cooper; It's so nice to see your work in print isn't it! :) It is an exercise which I like because it teaches discipline and the value of brevity and conciseness in writing and yet grants immediate reward - it doesn't take months or years to complete and publish your story as it does when writing a book!

    Thanks also to Chloe and Teena for your comments.

  • Finn Liam Cooper 8 weeks agofrom Los Angeles

    Nice concept. In Tucson there was a paper called The Tucson Weekly and they had a section called Dust Devils. You were to create a narrative in 75 words or less. I submitted several pieces and had two published back in the 1990s.

  • teena 3 months ago

    Thanks you very much

  • Chloe 5 months ago

    I love yours examples they give me an idea

  • Greensleeves Hubs 11 months agofrom Essex, UK

    John Gentile; Thanks very much John. It was fun composing them :) Alun

  • John Gentile 11 months agofrom Connecticut

    I like your 50 word mini stories. Some of them were very funny. Thanks for sharing.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 15 months agofrom Essex, UK

    Felipe; Thanks Felipe - It's always nice to see other peoples' contributions, and it's interesting to read about the challenge you set for your students. I should explain that this is not my site. I write on it but I do not own it.

    This collection of mini-stories is currently on 'Letterpile'. But Letterpile is just a creative writing subdivision of 'HubPages' - a content site where anyone who wishes to write, can contribute articles (in English) on any subject they like. It is a community of writers. I for example contribute articles on travel, astronomy, politics and many other subjects besides these short stories. HubPages provides templates or 'capsules' for text, or for photos, graphs, videos etc, and the writer can then use these as he/she wishes to create an article. It's an easy way of writing a web page without having to create a website of your own.

    So whilst there unfortunately isn't a facility to post stories on this page of mine, you could easily write a page all of your own on HubPages, and post all your students' stories there. The link below will take you to a page where HubPages is explained, and there is an opportunity to sign up. It's absolutely free, and very easy to use, and you can create just one page or as many pages as you want. There's no obligations.

    https://hubpages.com/about/us

    I hope that helps, and if you decide to join, I look forward to welcoming you as a fellow member to HubPages, and I'll give you any support I can! Alun

  • Felipe 15 months ago

    Hi Alun,

    Thanks for your reply and sorry for the unusual writing about writing the other day. It was a fun exercise. I am a teacher of English in Peru, and in one of the lessons we were dealing with short stories and the challenge for the students in class was to come up with a fifty-word story. They have come up with their stories and we were wondering if we could post the stories on this page. If you give us the green light, we would appreciate it.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 15 months agofrom Essex, UK

    Felipe; Thanks! Your comment seemed a trifle unusual, so I decided to add up the words and, yes, there are of course fifty. So well done for posting both a comment on creative writing, and an additional contribution to the fifty word short story idea. So incidentally, is this reply!

  • Felipe 15 months ago

    Writing, typing, pushing keys with intensity, things you do when you need to release your repressed emotions and thoughts. Is there anything you won't confess? Maybe there is. Writing can be the medium. Once you've started, you will see how relieved you are and how much you have to confess.

  • Raeee 2 years ago

    Aliens does not have to be ugly...

    Humans = racism

  • Greensleeves Hubs 2 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Jodah; Thanks John. This was one of my very first hubs 4 years ago, and it's really nice to know that people are still finding it and reading it. It was one that I particularly enjoyed writing. Much appreciated. :) Alun

  • John Hansen 2 years agofrom Queensland Australia

    Hi Alun, I love these 50 word stories. Not an easy thing to do and make them interesting. You did it though..well done. I enjoyed them all particularly "Strangers Home and Abroad". Voted up.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 2 years agofrom Essex, UK

    EsJam; Appreciated, Alun

    ra; thanks for your opinion. Always nice to hear which stories are peoples' favourites. Alun

  • Essie 2 years agofrom Southern California

    This will be useful! Glad I found your profile...enjoying your work!

  • ra 3 years ago

    I loved the 50 word and the beatles mania one

    thnx

  • Greensleeves Hubs 4 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thank you slowpokevoyager. I'm not keen on Michael Jackson, but like some of Elvis's work, and love the Beatles - hence the decision to write them into a 50 word essay! Cheers, Alun

  • Roger Decker 4 years agofrom Braggs, Oklahoma

    Loved most of them, but I particularly enjoyed the Beatles mania one. I guess I'm old. I also still love Elvis and Michael Jackson.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 4 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Vellur; Thank you very much for your visit and for those votes and accolades. Glad you like the page, Nithya, and 'Love'. Alun.

  • Nithya Venkat 4 years agofrom Dubai

    Enjoyed reading your hub, all are great stories but I like the one called Love. Great hub, voted up awesome, interesting and useful.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 4 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thanks John; cheers for visiting and for commenting. Much appreciated.

  • John MacNab 4 years agofrom the banks of the St. Lawrence

    Excellent work Greensleeves. I liked the '50 word 'short story as well as the ' alien' one.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 4 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thank you very much Angelina for your visit. Glad you liked it :-)

  • Angelina 4 years ago

    Thank you for the great content!

  • Greensleeves Hubs 5 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thank you very much chef-de-jour for your visit and comments. It was enjoyable to write these. Some, I remember came very easily, while others took an age fine-tuning, and just weeding out the last few surplus words to make the total exactly 50.

    But it's an interesting exercise to try, and I guess to follow up on your point, these stories are a way in which anyone can be creative, without having to devote their lives to writing a full blown book or a play. Alun.

  • Andrew Spacey 5 years agofrom Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    There's something of the fable in these half century stories and some are just fun compilations with a punchline! Short shorts are quite the literary thing at present - is it flash fiction? - bursts of prose in concentrated form. Fascinating.

    Thanks for the hub, I vote it up.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 5 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thanks starstream for that, and apologies for not responding much sooner. I agree very much that word exercises like this do make for good literary competitions

  • Dreamer at heart 5 years agofrom Northern California

    This is a good idea for a hub pages contest. I think it would be a helpful exercise for all of us too.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 6 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Many thanks TeddyAldo for that really nice comment.

    I see you've only just joined HubPages. My best wishes and hopes that you enjoy writing on the site.

  • TeddyAldo 6 years agofrom Massachusetts

    I really enjoyed Love. Great original work. Really moved me.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 6 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thank you very much sofs for visiting and for giving a really nice comment like that. Cheers.

  • sofs 6 years ago

    Great Hub..glad I found it on the featured hubs... I love your stories and voted on them.. Have a great day ..God Bless:)

  • Greensleeves Hubs 6 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Millionaire Tips. Thank you so much for including a link and plaudits to this page, in your hub. I am grateful.

  • Shasta Matova 6 years agofrom USA

    I wanted to let you know that I really liked this hub, and am including it in my hub which lists my favorite hubs I've read this week.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 6 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thank you Millionaire Tips!Your visit and comments are appreciated!

  • Shasta Matova 6 years agofrom USA

    These are all great! As you can tell by the poll, they are equally popular.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 6 years agofrom Essex, UK

    I LIKE IT DERDRIU!

    A much happier, more satisfactory ending to their overseas vacation! It made me laugh.

    And to be able to have written such a good revised sequel in what must have been less than an hour, suggests maybe you should try your hand at more of these 50 word stories.

    :-)

  • Derdriu 6 years ago

    Alun: I feel shame-faced for giving Charlie and Marge such a dark ending. I fear that I am influenced by having watched a series of old Alfred Hitchcock films, such as "Vertigo" and "Strangers on a Train" (the original with Robert Walker Sr. and Farley Granger). So long live revisionism:

    As their house came into view Charlie and Marge gasped.

    Their garden, no longer a blight, was blooming with flowers and vegetables.

    Opening the front door, they were greeted with delicious aromas from the kitchen.

    A hearty fire crackled in the fireplace.

    A note from their housesitter said, “Welcome home.”

    Respectfully,

    Derdriu

  • Greensleeves Hubs 6 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Yes Derdriu - very very good! :-)

    I did count the words in your sequel to my story because I had an idea of what you might be doing and yes, there are 50 words, so I have to say very good and funny. I like it! Not sure I would wish such an ending for Charlie and Marge's holidday though - I prefer happy endings to holidays!

    Many thanks. Alun.

  • Derdriu 6 years ago

    Alun: Here is what may have happened next in "Strangers Home and Abroad": Charlie and Marge returned from holiday. They found the basement of their house flooded to the top of the stairs. All the toilets were overflowing. Their big-screen TVs were missing. There had been a fire in the study. The pantry was bare. Their long-gone neighbor's note read, "Always check references."

    Thank you for sharing your unique mini-storytelling skills, voted up, etc.,

    Derdriu

  • Greensleeves Hubs 6 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thanks for visiting 2uesday, and for voting in the poll. Some of the stories were easier than others to write; the biggest problem of course, is when you write something you're really proud of - and then you find it's about ten words too long! There were two or three stories I wrote which never got published because it simply proved too difficult to cut any more words out, without the whole piece losing its meaning or its impact.

  • 2uesday 6 years ago

    Nice idea for a HubPage, I have written fifty word stories in the past and it is not as easy as it looks. Going to look at them again before I vote.

  • sharon 6 years ago

    sorry that there was option to click for only one favourite I did like the gambler's sin,true intelligence and the faithful companion.Well written It must be hard to get all your thoughts in 50 words.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 7 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thanks for your nice comments Marie; very sweet!

  • Marie Landry 7 years agofrom Ontario, Canada

    This is great! I've never tried this, but I imagine it's pretty difficult - I tend to be kind of wordy! I'm going to give it a go though. I voted in the poll for True Intelligence? but also really enjoyed The Gambler's Sin, Fun With the Beatles and An Old Fashioned Long Distance Relationship.

  • Greensleeves Hubs 7 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thanks avid gardener for your comments; it was nice to read them.

  • avid gardener 7 years agofrom Florida

    I actually had a few favorites but you can only vote for one. I like the alien,true intelligence, and computer dating. I thought they were all quite good actually. It doesn't take long to get to the point!

  • Greensleeves Hubs 7 years agofrom Essex, UK

    Thanks to both Pandoras Box and ahorseback for your kind comments. It's really nice to read them. Thanks.

  • ahorseback 7 years ago

    Greensleeves , love the hub , I like the way you write !

  • Pandoras Box 7 years agofrom A Seemingly Chaotic World

    My fave is Strangers Home and Abroad, but the Deadly Encounter was a very close second. What a great writing exercise. You came up with some insightful mini-stories.

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