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Bottom is definitely the most common way that I've seen it displayed, and left/right is probably just dependent on the placement of your submit/save etc buttons. You simply want to let people know when they are about to go over, or have already gone over. If they have gone over, you want to let them know how much they need to cut it down. In this respect I ...


The common practice seems to be to add it below. See e.g. the comment boxes on any Stackexchange site or Twitter. The important part IMHO is that the number is visible to the user when the information is relevant. E.g. if your input field is big and goes below the fold, but you want to give the user feedback to add at least 15 characters (like ...

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