Twitter direct messages no longer have 140-character limit
Twitter today announced that it has removed the 140-character limit from direct messages. This new change comes a few months after the microblogging network allowed users to receive direct messages from anyone.
With removing the 140-character limit from direct messages, Twitter appears to be in plans to make its direct message feature a bit more closer to instant messaging apps. But this could be annoying for some users as spammers would start using direct messages to send their spam messages.
“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,” wrote Sachin Agarwal in a blog post, adding, “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.”
The new development will not bring any change to tweets as users will continue to post tweets in up to 140 characters. Also, this will not make any change in the existing features of the microblogging network such as Twitter cards as well as photos, videos, links, vines, GIFs and emojis.
Twitter has started rolling out an update to its Android and iOS apps to remove the 140-character limit from direct messages. Similarly, the new change will be applied to Twitter for Web, TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac.
The new change was revealed back in July. However, it had a 10,000-character limit then and was designed specifically for developers to test the change on their apps and web developments.
Twitter is facing slow growth in its user base, and it was grew just 15 percent year-over-year in the last quarter. Thus, the new change is apparently designed to persuade some new users. It would give users a simple way to privately chat with their followers or following people on the microblogging network.
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