Twitter eliminates usernames counting against character limit for replies

Twitter eliminates usernames counting against character limit for replies

It's worth noting that Twitter originally started as something akin to a public text messaging service, hence the 140-character limit.

Twitter has been making various changes to do away with its strict 140-character limit, and now, in the latest development, the company announced changes when you reply to a tweet.

This will be especially helpful with group conversations, where replying to two, three or more users at a time could be especially hard with the character constraints.

The @usernames will be displayed above the message and users can still decide on whom they want to be the part of conversations.

Twitter said it made the change based on user feedback.

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Twitter users-old and new are particularly frustrated at some of the unclear rules surrounding how they compose and send tweets. This will be especially helpful with group conversations, where replying to two, three or more users at a time could be especially hard with the character constraints. If the usernames were a part of the tweet, people would be considerate and tag the right people for the tweet to strike a valuable conversation on the public platform.

CEO Jack Dorsey has historically praised the 140-character limit, calling it a "beautiful constraint" that encourages "creativity, brevity, and speed". But the main critics is directed towards the way new twitter replies handle the mentions. This means that Twitter users can now make use of all the 140 characters all the time.

Twitter said that this change will allow users to "focus on what a discussion is about, and who is having it".

This update comes nearly a year after Twitter first announced that usernames and media files were no longer going to count towards to the 140-character count. In the last fiscal quarter, the company added just 2 million monthly users to end the year with 319 million, and in the USA, the monthly user number was flat. Now, the restriction on Twitter usernames has been removed as well. In September, the company also stopped counting photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets.

How do you feel about Twitter's new improvements to replies? Twitter also claims that their tests have found that with this new experience, people are engaging more with conversations on Twitter.

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