Twitter announced the development in a blog post, saying that it also made changes to the way it display tweets. People replying to someone or a group will no longer have the usernames included in the Tweet's 140 character count. 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.
Let's look at the positive side first: You'll no longer be punished for trying to converse with users who have long usernames.
Twitter users-old and new are particularly frustrated at some of the unclear rules surrounding how they compose and send tweets.
- If your reply has four Twitter handles and the you want to remove 3, you will have to uncheck three boxes to do so in the new reply feature.
It also did away with the 140 character limit for direct messages.
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Twitter is making big changes to tweet replies. According to the post, Twitter is constantly looking for ways to make the site more user-friendly and helpful, and this is definitely a small but efficient way of doing that.
Our work isn't finished - we'll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use. However, Twitter has made some slight changes recently to help you out staying under 140.
The latest change at the microblogging giant comes almost a year after it set out to relax a 140-character limit that was due to mobile phone text messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently touched down in Dublin to talk about the company's current and future plans following years of financial uncertainty and questions over whether it is looking for a buyer. Now, the restriction on Twitter usernames has been removed as well. "We make the time and take the time necessary for the people using the product and also our advertisers, and the revenue follows". As such, Twitter has already stopped counting media files such as links, polls, GIFs, photos, videos and quotes against 140 character limit. Instead, we've seen these little tweaks aimed at freeing up space and making tweeting a little more convenient.