Twitter makes major change to its 140 character limit

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Twitter has relaxed its 140 character limit, the company has announced.

On Thursday the social network began letting people add more to tweets after it said it usernames would no longer be counted towards the character limit when people are replying to a tweet.

Twitter says the move will make following conversations much easier and comes almost a year after the company said it would no longer count photos, GIFs, videos and quoted tweets in its character limit.

“Remember how we told you we were working on ways to let you to express more with 140 characters?” announced Twitter’s Sasank Reddy said in a blog post.

“Now, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won’t count toward your tweet’s 140 characters.”

“Our work isn’t finished,” Reddy said.

“We’ll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use.”

As it faces increased competition from the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, Twitter will be hoping the move will encourage more users to post on the site.

However, many users feel the latest change is too little too late, especially as Twitter is yet to add the option to edit tweets, a feature which has longed been called for.

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