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Usernames no Longer Part of Twitter’s 140-character Limit

If you have trouble fitting an entire thought in a tweet, Twitter has good news for you.

The microblogging site has announced it will no longer count @usernames toward your tweet’s 140-character limit when you are replying to a person or a group.

Now, the person you are replying to will appear above the tweet text instead of within the tweet text itself, leaving you more space for additional characters.

Also as part of the update, you can tap on “replying to…” to see and control who is part of your conversation and, instead of seeing a ton of @usernames at the start of a tweet, you’ll instead see just the conversation.

“It’s now easier to follow a conversation, so you can focus on what a discussion is about, and who is having it,” Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy said in a blog post. “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 latest update is currently rolling out for Web users as well as for iOS and Android device users. To take advantage of the new feature, be sure to update your app.

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Jennifer Cowan

Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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