Twitter's character limit was created so that tweets could fit into a single text message, back in the heyday of SMS messaging. This also makes it easier to follow the conversation as it removes the mess multiple usernames at the beginning of Tweets used to cause in conversations.
Twitter said these changes, which are rolling out now to the Twitter site and its apps for iOS and Android, are based on feedback and research. Twitter, despite the real-world trouble, continues introducing various updates and upgrades for their users. It'll work the same way if you reply to more than two persons. In the event you are included in one of these mega-threads, you can simply mute the conversation. And after making promises for a year, Twitter is finally easing the character limit and making the users jubilant.
It's well-established that Twitter power-users hate change.
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"As an example of the new limits, if I receive a tweet from my colleague Lufemi Ajasa saying, "How are you doing @oyiboediri?" and reply, traditionally, the "@OlufemiAjasa" part would count against the 140 characters. Now the username will not be counted against the 140-character limit. Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy yesterday said in an online post. According to Twitter, this change will make things less cluttered as it will allow you to focus on the discussion "rather than seeing lots of @usernames".
Before, whenever you replied to someone on Twitter, their user names always led the reply. But now, Femi's username is removed from the limit. 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. Plus, it would have defeated the entire concept of Twitter to begin with: sending out small bursts of information or thoughts to other people on the internet.
Twitter has made this a great day for countless Twitter users who feel suffocated by the 140 character limit.