Now, usernames are not part of the character limit when you reply to a tweet.
March 30—Twitter recently announced their new character limit change. When you reply to a tweet, usernames (like @SkyRockITcom) no longer count as part of the 140-character limit.
With this update, Twitter also changed how reply tweets appear. The username of the person to whom you’re replying to is displayed above the text. This conveniently reminds you that usernames do not count against the character limit.
The new and revamped UI makes for a cleaner look, sans all the @usernames at the start of a long Twitter reply thread. This puts more emphasis on the tweet rather than who the reply is aimed at.
According to Twitter, the character limit change for reply tweets encourages Twitter users to engage in conversations more.
“The updates we’re making today are based on feedback from all of you as well as research and experimentation. In our tests of this new experience, we found that people engage more with conversations on Twitter.” – Twitter
To get the latest features on Twitter, simply update your app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.