Twitter has finally made good on the promise to provide more space for its users to voice their thoughts on the micro-blogging site as it has announced that @usernames won’t be counted in the character count — giving users 140 characters to write.
This update comes almost a year after Twitter first announced that usernames and media files were no longer going to count towards to the 140-character count.
The current update confirms that usernames won’t be counted towards the character count and tweets won’t start with usernames too, which will appear above the tweet.
“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 you replies, you have more room to participate in group conversations,” Sasank Reddy, Product Manager, writes.
What’s New in the Update?
Twitter has changed the way you interact and how it’s displayed on their platform in a few simple ways.
The usernames to which you are replying will no longer prefix the conversation or eat up space in the 140-character limit. They will now appear above the tweet, giving users more characters to express themselves.
Users will be able to control who is part of their conversation via the ‘Replying to’ tab.
Users will be able to read conversations without obstruction caused otherwise due to usernames crowding tweets and replies.
“Our work isn’t finished – we’ll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use,” he added.
Twitter’s design was originally based on the 160-character SMS service, and the idea of making 140-character was to leave the remaining space for usernames but inevitably usernames were added to the character count.