Twitter Makes Changes To Limits When Replying

Twitter stops counting usernames in replies against 140 character limit

Twitter's character limit was created so that tweets could fit into a single text message, back in the heyday of SMS messaging. Although the new change looks like pretty neat as it removes the twitter handles from replies and hence gives users more characters (full 140 characters) with which to reply, the changes are actually awful. Now Twitter will no longer count usernames toward the 140 when you reply to someone - or to a group.

Reddy explained that the latest updates are based on feedback from users as well as research and experimentation.

The new update will be rolling out now on twitter.com as well as on Twitter for iOS and Android.

A year ago, the company did express intentions of relaxing the restrictions for 140-character tweets in a bid to bring more members onto the platform. Now this will be replaced by the name of the person you're replying to hovering over the tweet, like for instance: "Replying to TechnoBuffalo".

It also did away with the 140 character limit for direct messages.

In carrying this out, Twitter actually also had to redesign how reply tweets look. This new feature from Twitter is gong to be a big advantage to those who loves to have twitter conversations. (Gizmodo's William Turton was quick to demonstrate this capability, and to use it as evidence that "Twitter just ruined Twitter.") Some have also complained that removing the text of usernames from replies diminishes their context. The new modification has come about a year after Twitter began taking steps to relax the 140-character limit.

Providing more room in tweets is seen as a way to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and links.

To make this happen, Twitter is making changes to the way you reply to someone in a conversation. This can be done by tapping specific names in the small pop-up that appears onscreen after tapping the field.

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.

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