Twitter finally gives in, increases character limit. Feel free to rant

Twitter is now giving you more room to rant!

Replying to a conversation on Twitter can be rather tricky. You have to be articulate and witty enough to squeeze your reply into 140 characters. This space often gets crunched thanks to the long usernames in the beginning of the reply. But now you can squeeze in a few more characters in your reply.

Responding to the countless requests of the Twitterati from around the globe, Twitter has finally decided to give you more space in your tweets. No, this does not mean that the character limit has been increased, instead, the micro-blogging site has decided not to count @username in your Tweet’s 140 characters. This means you can get rid of the annoying ‘.@’ from the beginning of your tweets.

So what happens to the name of the person you are responding to? The username of the person you are replying to will now appear above the ‘Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself’ giving you more space to rant. “You can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control who’s part of your conversation,” Twitter wrote in a blog.


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While this will give you more space to share your thoughts, on the flipside, it would also add a whole new layer of confusion, especially if you are replying in a group chat. The micro-blogging site has rolled out this update on as well as on the iOS and Android apps of Twitter.

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Now that we know that our thoughts are being heard, who knows we might get that edit option we all have been lobbying for!

Meanwhile, here’s how the Twitterati reacted to the change: