Signing up for any service means facing the username battle. There are two obstacles: is your username still available, and does it meet the necessary requirements. With Twitter, getting an @YourName handle is tricky because there are simply so many users (and bots), but there has long been a highly restrictive limit on the length of names -- just 15 characters.
Twitter has long offered something of a compromise in allowing display names that are slightly longer -- but only up to 20 characters. Now, the company has announced that there are more than twice as many characters to play with. Display names can now be up to 50 characters in length -- usernames, unfortunately, remain unchanged.
The change will come as great news to anyone with a lengthy name who has had to bash and hack at their display name in order to make it fit into the previously highly-restrictive limit. It comes shortly after Twitter doubled the maximum length of tweets.
As suggested in a tweet by the Twitter Support account, the 30 extra characters mean you can throw in your middle name and grab yourself a more appropriate display name:
Changing your display name is a simple matter of heading to Settings, but full details are available on Twitter's support pages.