I’ve developed a simple twitter bot which streams a specific user’s tweets in Arabic, translates it to English using the google translate API. I currently post the translated version on my account, and quote the original Arabic tweet through a permalink that I append to the translated text. Problem is, the permalink is counted in character count, although my understanding is that this should not be the case.
For reference, the status update is used with
api.update_status(status=translatedTweet_txt + mostrecenttweet_url)
where translatedTweet_txt is the string of the English language tweet returned by Google Translate, and mostrecenttweet_url is the permalink of the quoted Arabic language tweet