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Your Twitter @reply names will no longer hog precious characters

In a move it first teased last May and has been testing for months, Twitter will stop counting the @names at the start of a reply against the 140 characters you get for a tweet. The change will free up useful space, especially in the case of conversations that involve a bunch of people. Along … Continue reading “Your Twitter @reply names will no longer hog precious characters”

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In a move it first teased last May and has been testing for months, Twitter will stop counting the @names at the start of a reply against the 140 characters you get for a tweet. The change will free up useful space, especially in the case of conversations that involve a bunch of people.

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Along with the accounting change, the service is tweaking its interface: the name(s) of people you’re replying to will appear above the tweet rather than in it, with multiple names collapsed as they are in Facebook—a clutter-busting move that will probably provoke grumbles from some folks until they acclimate themselves to the new approach.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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