It’s now possible to squeeze in a few extra characters on Twitter.
Beginning now, usernames will no longer count toward the service’s 140-character limit, Twitter announced. The change also means that replies will look a whole lot different than before.
Instead of beginning with usernames, tweet replies will contain only the text of the tweet itself and the handles you’re replying to will appear inline. Tweets will still be limited to 140 characters but usernames will no longer count toward that limit in replies.
While this means that Twitter will finally be rid of annoying tweets that begin with “.@”, it also means replies could get a lot more complicated. Though Twitter will surface the handles of everyone in a conversation separately from the text of the reply, this could get confusing rather quickly if you’re in a conversation with multiple participants. …