It seems that popular social media platform Twitter is finally getting serious about messaging, as it starts rolling out updates to its iOS, Mac and Android apps, as well as TweetDeck and the company’s website, to remove the 140 character limit from direct messages (those sent directly to someone else).
The change will be rolled out over the next few weeks, so not all users will see the change right away. The old 140 character limit will remain for Tweets though, for messages sent publicly and also for direct messages sent via SMS.
No more 140 character limit in Twitter
Twitter announced the move to drop the 140 character limit back in June. And since the start of summer Twitter has implemented several improvements to the service as it looks for a new CEO to replace Dick Costolo. The US-based firm has been looking to integrate news into the app through something it’s calling Project Lightning. They have also been releasing frequent updates to their apps including adding landscape support for the iPhone 6 Plus.
Here’s the full blog post about the direct message limit change:
“We’re eliminating the 140-character limit, to make Direct Messages even more powerful and fun.
If you’ve checked your Direct Messages today, you may have noticed that something’s missing: the limitation of 140 characters. You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over.
While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world. That’s why we’ve made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.
You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. In a word, nothing. Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. So, start working on those sonnets.
We’ll begin rolling out this change today across our Android and iOS apps, on twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac. It will continue to roll out worldwide over the next few weeks. If you can’t wait to try out longer Direct Messages, be sure you’re using the latest versions of our apps so you get the update right away. Sending and receiving Direct Messages via SMS will still be limited”.