Twitter relaxes character limit, stops counting @username in replies


twitter-logoTwitter, on March 30, announced that it will not count username within the character limit replies, giving its 300 million users more room to reply.

The micro-blogging social website has made more space for characters in tweet replies without raising the 140 character limit. Now, users will be able to tag as many people as they want in their replies.

“The updates we’re making today are based on feedback from all of you as well as research and experimentation. In our tests of this new experience, we found that people engage more with conversations on Twitter,” the company said in a statement.

Twitter had announced plans to relax the limit in 2016 in order to make the platform easier to use and encourage more people to join. Last year, it erased space restrictions on attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets.

“Remember how we told you we were working on ways to let you express more with 140 characters? Now, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won’t count toward your tweet’s 140 characters.” Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy said in an online post.

“Our work isn’t finished, we’ll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use.” he added.