Twitter relaxes rule on 140-character limit in replies

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Credit: https://blog.twitter.com/2017/now-on-twitter-140-characters-for-your-replies

It has been a while since Twitter first announced plans to stop counting @username in replies. Finally, the microblogging website has made good its pledge and announced on Thursday that @username will no longer count towards your tweet’s 140-character limit.

Here is Product Manager, Sasank Reddy announcing the new change in a blog post today:

“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.

“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.”

Today’s change affects both the web and mobile versions of Twitter. Twitter’s new interface will those you are replying to above the tweet text, and longer within the tweet; freeing up more characters for you to express your thoughts and feelings on the microblogging platform.

Below is a summary of changes as announced by Twitter today:

  • 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.

Twitter said today’s update was in response to various calls and feedbacks it got from users who have been clamoring for changes to its 140-character limit. Reddy said the feedbacks showed that people engaged in more conversation on its platform more than ever. This is true especially when you consider the fact that more room was provided for people to express their thoughts and views.

Back in May 2016, Twitter bowed to popular demands when it officially announced that media attachments and @names in replies would no longer count toward your 140 allowed characters.

Twitter users—old and new are particularly frustrated at some of the unclear rules surrounding how they compose and send tweets. The microblogging company is determined to make using the service worth the while and more interesting.

Twitter has come a long way and is generally regarded by many as one of the most active social media websites. However, too many unclear and confusing rules continue to be the biggest challenges for users—new ones in particular. Rule or no rule, the microblogging company remains one of the biggest platforms for millions of people to tweet their views all day.

This might just be the beginning of more changed to come as Twitter relaxes more of its rules on how people engage one another in conversation.

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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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