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Twitter overhauls replies, gives you back precious characters

140 characters doesn’t seem that bad anymore.


Phillip Tracy


Twitter is freeing up some more space for those precious 140 characters.

The company said Thursday that usernames will no longer be included in the character count when someone replies to another user. That means you have 16 additional characters every time you decide to respond to the controversial tweets of @realDonaldTrump.

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This change is the latest in a series of tweaks Twitter has made recently to offer users more flexibility. The social network announced two more changes that should make replying to tweets easier and more transparent.

  • You can now tap on “Replying to…” to see and control who is part of your conversation.
  • When reading a conversation, you will now see what people are saying without a bunch of @‘username’ at the start of a Tweet.

Twitter claims the changes were made based on feedback from users. In its tests, it found people engaged more in conversations given the new changes.

The company says it will continue to look into improving conversations. Perhaps one day we’ll see the death of the 140-character limit altogether.

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