Twitter Makes Changes To Limits When Replying

March 31, 2017

Twitter is rolling out changes to its website and apps that will see tagged usernames in replies not count toward its 140 character limit, allowing users to publish longer replies.

On its official blog, Twitter said “Remember how we told you we were working on ways to let you to express more with 140 characters? Since then, we’ve introduced two updates, and today we’re rolling out another.

“Now, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won’t count toward your Tweet’s 140 characters.”

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“With this change, we’ve simplified conversations in a few ways:

  • 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.

“It’s now easier to follow a conversation, so you can focus on what a discussion is about, and who is having it. Also, with all 140 characters for your replies, you have more room to participate in group conversations.

“The updates we’re making today are based on feedback from all of you as well as research and experimentation. In our tests of this new experience, we found that people engage more with conversations on Twitter.

“Our work isn’t finished – we’ll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use. You can find more details about how replies work in our help center.

“This update is rolling out now on twitter.com as well as on Twitter for iOS and Android. Make sure to update your app to check it out.”

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  1. Tweeple have been waiting and waiting for this. Finally Twitter delivers. Woot! Woot!