Friday, March 31, 2017

Now on Twitter: 140 Characters for Users’ Replies

Press release

31 March 2017 -  Twitter just rolled out another update on providing more ways for users to let them express more with 140 characters. The company introduced two updates last year, and today another update is being rolled out. Now, when users reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won't count toward their Tweet's 140 characters.

With this change, conversations will be simplified in a few ways:
●      Who users are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so they have more characters to have conversations.

●      Users can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control who’s part of their conversation.

●      When reading a conversation, users will actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet.

It’s now easier to follow a conversation, so users can focus on what a discussion is about, and who is having it. Also, with all 140 characters for the replies, users have more room to participate in group conversations.

Sasank Reddy, Product Manager, Twitter; stated that, “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.”

More details about how replies work can be found in Twitter’s help center. This update is rolling out now on as well as on Twitter for iOS and Android. Users need to update their app to check it out. Tagalog version of the instructional video can be downloaded here.

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