Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

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In a tweet by the social media platform, it said, "We re changing replies so that you have all 140 characters to express yourself".

"As an example of the new limits: "If I receive a tweet from my colleague Jordan Novet saying, "How are you doing @thekenyeung?" and reply, traditionally the "@jordannovet" part would count against the 140 characters. The username of the person to whom you're replying will display above the text of the tweet you're composing, to remind you that it's not part of the character limit. To see who else is in the conversation, you can tap on the "Replying to" text to see a checklist of names.

"The updates we're making today are based on feedback from all of you as well as research and experimentation".

Indeed, this aspect of Twitter has spawned numerous witty exchanges, memorable quotes and impactful soundbites by people on-the-ground at all sorts of events around the world. Twitter first started moving away from the 140-character limit this past May.

The hope is users will be able to follow a conversation more easily, and have more space for messages.

All in all, these changes seem like a positive development that will enable better communication between users on Twitter, and make Twitter Chats more understandable.

Twitter is also rolling out a new "Replying to" feature that will make excluding users from replies a little easier.

That experiment was not warmly received by everyone, with many complaining it made it hard to add or drop people in a conversation. It will show up on Twitter.com as well as in the iOS and Android apps. However, the officials said that the company keeps working on a various process to simplify the conversation on Twitter and will introduce more new features in future.

  • Terrell Bush