Tweet character count no longer include usernames

Posted April 02, 2017

Early past year, Dorsey hinted that Twitter would relax character limits in a tweet that was 1,177 characters over the limit.

On Thursday, Twitter announced that usernames would not count toward the 140-character limit in replies to other tweets.

"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 said in a blog post.

Tapping on the "Reply to" space will show you who's part of the conversation, and you can make modifications to who receives the tweet there.

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Moreover, in latest update, the names of the people users are replying will be on top of the text of the actual tweet.

Twitter said the changes were made based on user feedback. The update is rolling out to both the web and official apps, and soon even the third party apps are expected to implement the same.

To view or adjust the people included in a conversation, tap or click "Replying to". One thing that's remained consistent, though, has been the 140 character limit.

Twitter is making big changes to tweet replies. This means that Twitter users can now make use of all the 140 characters all the time. "We'll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use".

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Twitter has just revealed some attractive ways to provide more ease to its character limit. Twitter also recently eliminated media attachments, photos, GIFs and polls counting against the 140-character limit.

The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has and has become part of the product's personality. Excluding them from the reply is as easy as unchecking the box next to their username.

With the character limit relaxed, users will be encouraged to share pictures, links and videos, helping boost engagement. "It's unclear if Twitter understands why many users want the character count lifted in this particular case, so let's spell it out for the company: Having a conversation on Twitter is a frustrating experience", INC wrote.

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