Twitter makes room for more characters in tweets

Users can now tap on a "Replying to..." field to see and control who is part of the conversation.

Reddy explained that the latest updates are based on feedback from users as well as research and experimentation.

The new update is meant to streamline the response experience on Twitter, but it might also create more confusion. This will be especially helpful with group conversations, where replying to two, three or more users at a time could be especially hard with the character constraints.

For example, if you hit reply to join an ongoing tweet conversation involving three people, you could only reply to one or two of those people if you wanted, or all three. One thing that's remained consistent, though, has been the 140 character limit. Today's change is going to prove a boon for those who reply to tweets.

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With that off the to-do list maybe Twitter's engineers can start working on letting us edit posts. Now, this not only makes it easier to see who is being replied to but makes it a lot safer to have multi-user conversation.

This move is part of Twitter's attempt to allow users to "express even more in 140 characters", and has been forthcoming since May. While replying to someone's tweet, their username won't count against your 140-character limit. Now, the restriction on Twitter usernames has been removed as well.

This past September, Twitter made another change to the way it counts 140 characters in tweets.

How do you feel about Twitter's new improvements to replies? This can be done by tapping specific names in the small pop-up that appears onscreen after tapping the field. The problem was, other elements that cluttered a tweet, such as GIFs, links, and other various media, counted to the total word count, leaving very little room for thoughtful input. "This is the most notable change we've made in recent times around conversations in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters", Dorsey told The Verge in May.

  • Douglas Reid