Last year, we saw Twitter remove the restriction of “@mentions,” URLs, and more from the character restriction. And now the company has officially announced that Twitter will stop counting usernames altogether against that character restriction. Specifically, the “@username” will no longer count against the 140-character limit.
“With this change, we’ve simplified conversations in a few ways:
Who you are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so you have more characters to have conversations.
You can tap on ‘Replying to…’ to easily see and control who’s part of your conversation.
When reading a conversation, you’ll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet.”
Twitter says the update begins rolling out today for Twitter’s website, as well as the iOS and Android official apps.[via Twitter Blog]