Twitter tweaks replies, giving users more characters

Though the platform’s tweets are still restricted to 140 characters, the usernames of those you respond to are longer applied against your limit.

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PR and marketing pros now have more room to express themselves on Twitter.

On Thursday, Twitter announced that it had changed the ways users reply to one another on Twitter: Instead of counting the “@username” in a tweet’s character limit, replies now accommodate 140 characters’ worth of text, with usernames embedded above the tweet in a thread.

The platform tweeted the change:

We’re changing replies so that you have all 140 characters to express yourself.

Learn more:

— Twitter (@Twitter) March 30, 2017

In a blog post, Twitter also explained the elements of the new layout:

With this change, we’ve simplified conversations in a few ways:

It’s now easier to follow a conversation, so you can focus on what a discussion is about, and who is having it. Also, with all 140 characters for your replies, you have more room to participate in group conversations.

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