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Twitter allows users to squeeze more information into replies

Who tweeters are replying to now appears above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself.

Twitter has discounted @usernames from a tweeter’s 140 characters when they reply to someone or a group.

With this change, Twitter says it has simplified conversations in a few ways:

  • Who tweeters are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so they have more characters to have conversations.
  • Tweeters can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control who’s part of their conversation.
  • When reading a conversation, tweeters 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 tweeters can focus on what a discussion is about, and who is having it. Also, with all 140 characters for their replies, tweeters have more room to participate in group conversations.

Sasank Reddy, Twitter product manager, said: “The updates we’re making are based on feedback from all of our users as well as research and experimentation. In our tests of this new experience, we found that people engage more with conversations on Twitter.

Our work isn’t finished – we’ll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use.”

This latest update is rolling out now on twitter.com as well as on Twitter for iOS and Android.

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