Twitter @Usernames Will No Longer Count Toward Its 140-Character Limit in Replies

'You'll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a tweet'

Twitter’s 140-character limit remains intact, but the social network continues to introduce ways for users to pack more into those 140 characters, with Thursday’s update focused on replies.

Product manager Sasank Reddy announced in a blog post that starting Thursday, when users reply to other users or groups, their @usernames will no longer count against the 140-character limit.

The update is rolling out Thursday for iOS, Android and the web.

Last Sept. 19, Twitter introduced an update under which photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quote tweets no longer counted toward its 140-character limit.

Reddy wrote:

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.

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