Twitter drops @replies from 140 character limit

Your tweets are about to get a little more spacious with Twitter's latest little tweak. Among a couple of other related changes, the social media giant announced on its blog that @usernames will no longer count towards your 140 character limit.

That simple change can potentially free up a ton of space for your tweets, especially if several @usernames are piled up at the beginning of a reply. As part of this move, Twitter is also making conversations easier to following by cleaning up readability in a few different ways. From Twitter:

  • 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.

All of this is an extension of efforts that began last year to help people make more use of Twitter's signature character constraint. In September of 2016, the social network took a big step towards that goal by removing media, quotes and polls from the 140 character limit.

Twitter says these changes are rolling out now to the web and its Android and iOS apps. While there's no mention of the Windows app in its blog post, Twitter has done a pretty good job of keeping it updated with new features. We'll likely see the necessary interface updates roll out on Windows 10 PC and Mobile before too long.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl