Usernames no longer count toward the 140-character limit when you reply
Replying to someone’s tweet will no longer eat up your character count.
Now when you respond to someone’s post on Twitter, their username won’t count toward the 140-character limit.
The good news is, you can squeeze in an extra emoji or two. And it also gets rid of having to begin tweets with that irritating “.@” business.
But the move is also changing up the way replies look. So instead of a reply beginning with the username, now the reply will only contain the text of your new post. The Twitter handles you’re responding to will be listed in a separate line above the tweet text, like so:
This could get a bit confusing if you’re responding to several people, but a blog post debuting the changes this week assured that, “It’s now easier to follow a conversation, so you can focus on what a discussion is about,” rather than the string of usernames trading barbs.
The social network noted that people are having more conversations on Twitter, versus just spouting one-off missives. The updates were made based on feedback from users, who were tired of seeing lots of @usernames frontloading a tweet.
Twitter first announced changes to relax its 140-character limit last May, and has since rolled out updates that no longer count photos, GIFs, polls, videos and quoted posts toward the word count. And direct messages no longer have a 140-character limit, either.
At this rate, how long until the character limit is crapped all together?
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