Twitter eases 140-character limit, stops counting @Usernames in Replies
Friday 31 March 2017

Twitter eases 140-character limit, stops counting  @Usernames in Replies

Twitter plans to bring more changes which will allow its users to pack more as tweets, subtracting from the character count names of those being replied to in posts.

Twitter first announced to ease the 140-character limit almost a year ago as part of an effort to bring in more members and make the platform easier to use.

It’s been almost a year that Twitter set out to relax the 140-character limit due to mobile phone text messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006.

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

The move is part of a push by Twitter to increase its user base and engagement, which have sputtered to the chagrin of investors. Providing more room in tweets is seen as a way to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and links.

"Our work isn't finished," Reddy said. "We'll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use."

Twitter is facing serious competition from Facebook and Instagram and also from those people who wants to share content in video or picture formats than text.