Twitter will no longer count replies against the 140-character limit starting today.
The company announced the change as part of a plan to let users "express more with 140 characters." Now, replies will show up above your tweet text, rather than in the text itself. No longer will precious characters be taken up by a series of @handles in long threads.
To see the list of people included in the conversation, you have to click or tap above the tweet.
But not everyone is happy with the extra room. When Twitter was testing the new design, Professor Tressie McMillan Cottom wrote that it was "really stupid" since it was harder to see who was replying to whom.
Here's how the new feature looks in action.
So as a note— that's my Q (@polyamorous_q) March 30, 2017
First impression, I don't like the change to twitter replies. Much prefer being able to see handles in the tweet body, I think
It hasn't been universally well-received.
its 2020. ppl stand outside of twitter hq begging to be able to edit tweets. a man in a suit watches sternly. "No...change replies again."— abby 🏳️🌈 (@prfait) March 30, 2017
Others argued Twitter had bigger problems to fix.
In September, Twitter also stopped counting images, videos and quotes against the limit.
In longer threads, the "replying to" feature only shows up on the tweet the user has selected. This led Twitter user to start trying to create the "largest Twitter canoe."
Who wants to be the first to create the largest twitter canoe?— Owen Williams ⚡️ (@ow) March 30, 2017
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