Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

Twitter redesigns replies so usernames don't count against the 140-character limit

If that sounds confusing, it really isn't. It is to be noted that Twitter handles used within original, non-reply posts will still be counted in the usual character limit. Even back then, he recognized that the system remained confusing, and pledged to keep working toward a cleaner implementation.

Twitter has just revealed some attractive ways to provide more ease to its character limit. Reddy said the feedbacks showed that people engaged in more conversation on its platform more than ever.

Thousands of Twitter accounts were hacked earlier this month due to ongoing Turkish protests as the company is also trying to crack down on cyber bullies on the platform. It's equally well-established, among those who follow the ever-struggling company closely, that it must evolve in order to survive. With the changes to replies now being applied, Twitter's going to look a bit different. However, too many unclear and confusing rules continue to be the biggest challenges for users-new ones in particular. You can also edit who sees your reply by clicking or tapping on "replying to" and removing unwanted handles from the list that appears. Users can tap on "Replying to..." to see and control who's part of any specific conversation.

Twitter also said it would stop counting usernames, but the change did not go into effect until now. Users complained about the confusing new interface, and this update won't likely win them over.

Twitter Inc. (TWTR) has always been known for its 140 character limit, and even as it moves to expand the number of characters for replies this week, there are still long-running calls for Twitter to abandon the limit altogether to better compete with social media giant Facebook Inc. As such, Twitter has already stopped counting media files such as links, polls, GIFs, photos, videos and quotes against 140 character limit. But it's doing so at an excruciating pace.

This feature should be available on both the website and mobile application.

Twitter's limit for cellphone SMS text messaging allowed 160 characters per message.

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