31/03/2017 10:40 AM IST | Updated 31/03/2017 12:07 PM IST

Twitter Will Not Count '@username' For 140 Characters Limit For Replies

All 140 characters can now be used for the conversation.

Kacper Pempel / Reuters

Twitter rolled out a new update last night that will not count the handles against character limits while replying. The social network made the announcement through a blog post.

"Now, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won't count toward your Tweet's 140 characters," it said.

Users will be able to use all 140 characters while having a conversation. Earlier, all the handles appeared in the box while replying to someone and their lengths counted against the limit. The blog post explains the new changes.

  • 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. You can uncheck the boxes to remove people from the 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.

In September, the micro-blogging site made the announcement that it will not count GIFs, photos, and links against the 140-character limit.

Twitter is taking more steps to make the platform more engaging. It has also taken measures to combat abuse, such as new mute settings and better filters for tweets.