Twitter No Longer Counts Usernames In Replies Against 140 Limit

Twitter No Longer Counts Usernames In Replies Against 140 Limit

Twitter has been trying to figure out ways to maximize its 140 character limit for tweets since last year. The company earlier said that it had been working on new ways to let users express more without raising 140 character limit. As such, Twitter has already stopped counting media files such as links, polls, GIFs, photos, videos and quotes against 140 character limit. Now, the company is taking things even further with a new change. Starting today, Twitter is rolling out a new update which will stop counting usernames while replying to a conversation.

To make this happen, Twitter is making changes to the way you reply to someone in a conversation. With this update, whenever a user replies to a tweet, usernames of whom they’re replying to will appear above the tweet, as opposed to inside the tweet text, so that the user have more space left for the conversation. According to Twitter, this change will make things less cluttered as it will allow you to focus on the discussion “rather than seeing lots of @usernames.”

Following are the changes Twitter is making with this new update:

  • Who you are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so you have more characters to have conversations.
  • You can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control who’s part of your conversation.
  • When reading a conversation, you’ll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet.

Twitter says it has taken into consideration users’ feedback and also done some research and experimentation before implementing these changes. Twitter also claims that their tests have found that with this new experience, people are engaging more with conversations on Twitter.

The new experience is already live on the web version of Twitter and an app update bringing this change should be on the way for Android and iOS.

What are your thoughts on this new experience? Have you tried it out yet? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Official Twitter Blog

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