Twitter announced this update on their blog a few hours ago.
On Thursday, Twitter announced that usernames would not count toward the 140-character limit in replies to other tweets.
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".
When users reply, the names of the people they are replying to will be on top of the text of the actual tweet, rather than a part of it. The update is being made available now on the App Store for iOS users, and can be found on the Google Play Store for Android users. And lastly, Twitter is also working on identifying and collapsing potentially abusive and low-quality replies so the most relevant conversations are brought forward. Although tweet replies are still limited to 140 characters, only the text of the message itself will appear within the tweet. But the main critics is directed towards the way new twitter replies handle the mentions. If you're replying to more than one person, it just states "and 1 more".
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Twitter users now have more space in tweets to participate in conversations thanks to a change to the character limit.
Twitter said that this change will allow users to "focus on what a discussion is about, and who is having it".
Now the company is rolling it out to all of its 319 million active users (up to 48 million of whom might not care because they're bots, according to a recent study).
Back in the day people used phone text messaging or SMSes to update their Twitter status, and the 140 character limit is the limit that was given for one text message. 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. To begin with, the "Replying to" field is very small and can be easily ignored. Twitter has disclosed that usernames of people or @usernames will not be counted in the character limit of Tweets and replies.