Twitter yesterday rolled out changes on it’s application on how to increase characters written by its users. The social media platform had promised to increase its characters as users felt they had much to express but little space for it.

Yesterday Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy said that they were fulfiling the promise they had made to increase characters on the application. Speaking to Lifestyle Magazine Reddy said that now user names in tweets being sent will not be counted as characters. If a tweet is being replied the @username will not be part of the 140 character limit.

This modification comes a year after Twitter decided to relax the 140 character limit given to its users. This was due to the phone text messaging constraints set when Twitter begun in 2006.

This move according to Lifestyle Magazine is seen as a way to allow more sharing of pictures, videos and links. It is also a move that will enable Twitter compete with Facebook and Instagram. People these days opt to share videos and pictures instead of text, and this move is bound to help users enjoy the application.