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Twitter removes usernames from tweet count

Twitter has decided not to count usernames towards the 140-character limit for tweets when a reply is sent to a single user or a group.

This has been done so users could use all the 140 characters for their replies.

The company said the username of the person being replied to would appear above the tweet text, rather than within the tweet itself.

This meant that when one was reading a tweet, the content would be immediately visible, rather than a bunch of usernames.

Twitter said this change had been based on feedback from users, as well as its own experimentation.

The update would be rolled out to Twitter on the Web and also the iOS and Android clients.


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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.