Twitter has relaxed its 140 character limit, the company has announced.
Under the old system, conversations among more than two users-sometimes called "Twitter canoes"-were nearly impossible, because the characters required to spell the usernames of those involved left little room for the substance of the reply itself". This, the company says will help users see what people are saying rather than seeing lots of handles in a reply.
The new update makes sure that people can focus more on the conversation and makes twitter much more engaging than before as there is less of clutter and more space to express. The update is rolling out to both the web and official apps, and soon even the third party apps are expected to implement the same.
"Remember how we told you we were working on ways to let you to express more with 140 characters?" One thing that's remained consistent, though, has been the 140 character limit.
In carrying this out, Twitter actually also had to redesign how reply tweets look.
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Twitter has come a long way and is generally regarded by many as one of the most active social media websites.
In addition to expanding your available characters, Twitter believes that it will be easier to follow conversations when you are no longer distracted by repetitive usernames.
Before, whenever you replied to someone on Twitter, their user names always led the reply.
This update comes nearly a year after Twitter first announced that usernames and media files were no longer going to count towards to the 140-character count. Twitter does not officially raise the character limit, but stops counting username in character limit.
The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has and has become part of the product's personality. This has been seen as a way to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and links. To begin with, the "Replying to" field is very small and can be easily ignored. In our tests of this new experience, we found that people engage more with conversations on Twitter.