Twitter will now stop replies hogging your 140 character limit

Posted April 02, 2017

Early previous year, Dorsey hinted that Twitter would relax character limits in a tweet that was 1,177 characters over the limit.

"When reading a conversation, you'll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet", product manager Sasank Reddy wrote in a blog post. By making a simple tap on "Replying to..." you may join any conversation and also control the audience of your reply in that conversation. The update is rolling out now on twitter.com as well as on Twitter for iOS and Android. And lastly, Twitter is also working on identifying and collapsing potentially abusive and low-quality replies so the most relevant conversations are brought forward. In this case, you could argue that the old constraints on replies served to discourage users from tagging others en masse, a practice that can be irksome because it clogs people's notifications and includes them in conversations without their consent.

Precisely, these 140 characters are the protagonists of the day, since Twitter has made a decision that it will not expand them. Twitter also said it would stop counting usernames, but the change did not go into effect until now. While replying to someone's tweet, their username won't count against your 140-character limit. The company will continue to find new ways to improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use. Although the micro-blogging firm is sitting on a user base of 300 million, growth has taken a hit in recent years. Now, the handle is moved above the reply in a new line that says "replying to [insert handle]". As such, Twitter has already stopped counting media files such as links, polls, GIFs, photos, videos and quotes against 140 character limit. This can be done by tapping specific names in the small pop-up that appears onscreen after tapping the field. Instead, we've seen these little tweaks aimed at freeing up space and making tweeting a little more convenient.

This might just be the beginning of more changed to come as Twitter relaxes more of its rules on how people engage one another in conversation.

With this change, Twitter has simplified conversations.