Twitter Will Remove 140-Character Limit on Direct Messages in July


Twitter users would soon be able to send longer direct messages as the micro-blogging network has announced it will be eliminating the 140-character limit and extending it to 10,000.

Sachin Agarwal, Twitter Product Manager, on Friday made the announcement for developers. The 10,000 character limit will be reaching the general users in July. The firm however, has not mentioned the exact date of rollout. Developers can take a look at the REST and Streaming APIs on the community website and adjust their app’s interface accordingly.

It is worth mentioning that the character limit has been extended only for direct messages, and not for tweets themselves, which will stay limited at 140 characters. “You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today,” added Agarwal.

The move is the latest in a series of major changes the company has made to direct messages over the past year. Twitter introduced group messaging features into the service in January. The network also added an option that allows users to opt-in to receive private messages from anyone else on the service.

Previously, only users who followed one another could exchange direct messages. People can opt-in to receiving direct messages from anyone through “security and privacy” menu in the app’s main settings.

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