What is it about length that’s taking Twitter’s attention lately and has put brevity aside?
The microblogging platform has announced in a tweet on Thursday that a user can now make his or her display name longer.
“Starting today (referring to Thursday), your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length,” the company announced via tweet. “Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis.”
The limit for display name used to be 20 characters.
The announcement comes just a few days after Twitter increased the character limit for tweets from 140 to 280.
Only The Display Name
The San Francisco-based company, however, emphasized that just the display name can be lengthened and not the username.
Twitter didn’t say why it decided to allow longer a display name though.
For those who don’t know the difference between a display name and username, let’s quote what Twitter says.
“Your username appears in your profile URL and is unique to you. It’s used for logging in, replies, and Direct Messages.”
“Your display name is a personal identifier (sometimes a business name or real name) displayed in your profile page and used to identify you to friends, especially if your username is something other than your name or business name.”
A username is the one that follows the @ symbol. It is also called a handle. The display name is what you can add an emoji or two.
How do you go about changing your display name? Just click here.
The Next Web’s Napier Lopez tried out the new feature and used “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and it was accepted.
Twitter users gave varied reactions to the change in the character limit for display name.
There were those who welcomed the announcement while others met it with sarcastic comments.
Several users also called out Twitter for allowing longer tweets and display names but failing to ban Nazis and other hate groups on the platform.
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