In a blog post today, twitter has said it it is no longer counting usernames against character limits on tweets. If you are an ardent user of twitter, you should know tweets are limited to 140 characters (and even videos to 140 seconds). Usernames, especially when mentioning tweets or replying to tweets had the tendency to limit the user on the amount of characters that could be tweeted.
We’re changing replies so that you have all 140 characters to express yourself.
— Twitter (@Twitter) March 30, 2017
This update to twitter comes as no news, especially when twitter has already stopped counting links and images against the 140 rule.
We wrote an article on how you can take advantage of the new rules to tweet better. You can read that here: How to use Twitter’s new 140 Rule
Here are excerpts from Twitter’s original blog post earlier today:
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.
With this change, we expect a lot more people to enjoy the twitter experience. Keep in mind however that replies can display up to a 50 people only!
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