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Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

Early previous year, Dorsey hinted that Twitter would relax character limits in a tweet that was 1,177 characters over the limit. "Now, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won't count toward your tweet's 140 characters".

The company stated that the updates "we're making today are based on feedback from all of you as well as research and experimentation". The update is rolling out to all users, both on Twitter.com and on iOS and Android apps.

"Remember how we told you we were working on ways to let you to express more with 140 characters?" The change means you tweets don't have to be as short when several people are included in your replies. Although tweet replies are still limited to 140 characters, only the text of the message itself will appear within the tweet.

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In carrying this out, Twitter actually also had to redesign how reply tweets look. This move also goes nicely with images and video links no longer counting towards character limits, so things are looking pretty good for Twitter users. Twitter soon adopted and formalized the convention, and co-founder Ev Williams explained its intricacies in a 2008 blog post. This new feature from Twitter is gong to be a big advantage to those who loves to have twitter conversations. However, Twitter has made some slight changes recently to help you out staying under 140. There's also the comedic "twitter canoes", where the number of surnames one has to mention leaves little to no room at all for including user-composed thoughts. Now, the restriction on Twitter usernames has been removed as well. Twitter does not officially raise the character limit, but stops counting username in character limit. To begin with, the "Replying to" field is very small and can be easily ignored. September of past year, it made an exception for media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls, and more) and quoted tweets.

Now, the company says that when you reply to someone - or to a group - usernames will no longer count toward those 140 characters.

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