Twitter announced the change via a blog post that was tweeted out by the official account. Twitter usernames in replies will no longer count towards Twitter's 140-character limit.
As per the new design, Twitter will now start including usernames above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself in replies and conversations. When you're replying to a person, their username will be displayed above the text of the tweet with a long reply thread that would be much easier to read.
Twitter said these changes, which are rolling out now to the Twitter site and its apps for iOS and Android, are based on feedback and research.
The new tweak follows news last week Twitter may be considering a paid, premium version of the platform for some users. Now, a user's Twitter handle has been removed from reply tweets altogether. One thing that's remained consistent, though, has been the 140 character limit.
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Change is the only constant in life, but we're not sure if the changes Twitter is bringing to the platform are heading in the right direction. Given that Twitter usernames can vary from unusual combination of characters to undecipherable words; the new feature that does away with mentioning usernames within a response only makes the whole interface a lot neater.
Back in May 2016, Twitter bowed to popular demands when it officially announced that media attachments and @names in replies would no longer count toward your 140 allowed characters.
This also reduces the confusion while reading a conversation with multiple usernames interlaced into the tweets. In September, the company also stopped counting photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets. Instead, we've seen these little tweaks aimed at freeing up space and making tweeting a little more convenient. Excluding them from the reply is as easy as unchecking the box next to their username. "This is the most notable change we've made in recent times around conversations in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters", Dorsey told The Verge in May.