How To #4: How Do I Use More Than 140 Characters on Twitter

Out of all of the social media options, Twitter remains my favourite. It is perfect for quick, concise information and at a glance I can keep up to date with the latest news on a variety of subjects as well as see what my friends are getting up to.

There is one snag though and that is the Twitter 140 character limit for when you need to express yourself that little bit longer. However, there is a solution…

If you follow the instructions below, most official Twitter clients and hopefully some third party solutions will keep your conversation in order, which makes it much easier to read for your followers while also moving beyond the 140 character limit imposed by Twitter:

1. Compose your first tweet

Type out your first tweet as normal and post it to Twitter. You may wish to add the text ‘…’ at the end to signify there is more to follow.

First tweet

2. Reply to respond to your own tweet

Select ‘Reply’ to respond to your first tweet (seems odd I know, but trust me).

Twitter reply

3. Remove your own username from the tweet

Remove your own username (@********) from the tweet that automatically appears when you reply to someone (including yourself).

Delete Twitter Text

4. Continue your conversation

Continue your conversation. (You may wish to add the text ‘…’ at the beginning to signify you are continuing the conversation).

Replying on Twitter

5. Post your tweet

Post your tweet and your tweets instead of appearing out of sequence (last to first) will instead show in order.

Twitter Result

Still require more room?

If you wish to post further tweets, just reply to your latest tweet following the same procedure. The conversation will follow perfectly for your readers and more importantly, in sequence.

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.