Twitter has been steadfast in keeping its 140-character limit in place, but at the same time making changes to to help prevent users from going over that limit.
In September of last year, the social network rolled out changes that saw the 140-character limit no longer impacted by photos, videos, GIFs, and more, which meant more content for users to share. And now Twitter is making another change.
Today Twitter announced that it will no longer count usernames against a tweet’s 140-character limit. Replying to an individual, or including multiple usernames in a group tweet, will no longer see the usernames take up space for your message.
Twitter is also simplifying conversations, making it so that the usernames now appear above the text in a tweet rather than part of the tweet’s text. There will be a new “Replying to…” that users can select, which will make it easier to control who is part of the conversation at hand. Reading tweets should be easier in general as well, as they won’t include a ton of “@usernames” in the mix.
Twitter says the new changes are rolling out beginning today on Twitter’s website, as well as the official Android and iOS apps.
What do you think of this latest change?