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Twitter Stops Counting Usernames in Replies

By piranha

27th October 2016

Twitter is making yet another change to its character limit by no longer counting usernames in replies on the platform. It was just last month that the company also stopped counting photos, videos, GIFs and other types of media in the 140-character limit.

One problem with the current setup is that if you are replying to a group of users, otherwise known as a “Twitter canoe”, you are left with less characters for your message. The latest changes will help to combat this so no matter how many people you are speaking to, you will still have 140 characters for your message.

When Twitter initially announced the plans back in May, they said; “When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.”

They have also acknowledged teething problems with the update, saying; “You may notice Tweets in your timeline that have more than 140 characters or Tweets that appear cut off. We have announced upcoming changes that will enable people to fit more into the 140 characters of a Tweet.”

“We are currently testing one of these changes, so that in replies, usernames at the beginning of a Tweet no longer count toward a Tweet’s 140 characters. These tests may temporarily impact the way a Tweet appears, but Tweets will continue to be 140 characters.”

The hashtag “#Beyond140” is currently trending on Twitter and the overall reaction is positive. Users from all over the world are celebrating the fact that they will soon have more space for discussion with their followers and friends.

Currently, the character limit for replies is only being tested with a select number of mobile users. There will obviously be improvements that need to be made before it is rolled out to the rest of the world but the company has said that it will hit our screens in the coming months.

Do you think these changes to the character limit will improve your experience on the platform? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook!

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