Twitter relaxes rule on 140-character limit in replies

Posted April 02, 2017

However, as users realized that following the usernames, not much scope was left to actually say what one wanted to in the remaining characters; Twitter acknowledged the flaw and started working towards fixing the problem, without compromising the essence of its service.

Micro-blogging website; Twitter Inc. on Thursday reported it had began rolling out changes to let people pack more into tweets, subtracting from the character count names of those being replied to in posts. Since there's no limit on how many people you can tag in a reply to a tweet or a group, be prepared to see yourselves tagged in random tweets.

Reddy explained that the latest updates are based on feedback from users as well as research and experimentation. It will show up on Twitter.com as well as in the iOS and Android apps.

This solution will be helpful especially when you are conversing in a group where you may need to reply to more than one person at a time.

Moving forward, whenever you are replying to someone or to multiple people in a tweet, those mentions will be above the tweet, not a part of it. In other words, the @usernames will no longer eat into your 140-character limit.

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Sociology professor Tressie McMillan Cottom wrote in a Medium post that some Twitter users often respond to racist messages targeting her on the platform but choose to delete her in their reply tweets.

This move is part of Twitter's attempt to allow users to "express even more in 140 characters", and has been forthcoming since May. This new feature from Twitter is gong to be a big advantage to those who loves to have twitter conversations.

Thousands of Twitter accounts were hacked earlier this month due to ongoing Turkish protests as the company is also trying to crack down on cyber bullies on the platform. Now, the restriction on Twitter usernames has been removed as well.

As we read, just touch the "Reply to" button to answer any tweet applying this novelty, but from now on, the tweet you respond will be at the top of our tweet. Excluding them from the reply is as easy as unchecking the box next to their username. Instead, we've seen these little tweaks aimed at freeing up space and making tweeting a little more convenient.

Twitter says the move will make following conversations much easier and comes nearly a year after the company said it would no longer count photos, GIFs, videos and quoted tweets in its character limit.