Last year, Twitter promised to roll out some updates that would allow users to express more than 140 characters. In the months since, it’s done exactly that, but now it’s taking things a step further by finally eliminating @username replies from the character limit. The change also simplifies conversations in a few different ways:
- Who you are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so you have more characters to have conversations.
- You can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control who’s part of your conversation.
When reading a conversation, you’ll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a 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 your replies, you have more room to participate in group conversations.
The update is rolling out now on twitter.com and the latest versions of the iOS and Android apps.