According to a report from The Guardian, Twitter has announced that as of July, direct messages (DMs) will no longer be limited to 140 characters. The change will see the maximum amount of characters for DMs increase to 10,000. This is welcome news for users, as it will allow them to get private messages across in a single post. Previously, DMs were subject to the same 140-character restriction as regular tweets.
“We’ve done a lot to improve direct messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon,” said Sachin Agarwal, product manager of direct messages for Twitter.
But despite the good news, normal Tweets will still be restricted to the usual limit.
“You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter,” Agarwal added. “Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today.”
Twitter has had somewhat of a love-hate relationship with its DM service over the years. At one point, the company was considering removing it outright due to limited use. Rampant bugs and technical faults with DMs and notifications had Twitter users up in arms, which was another factor in Twitter’s consideration over the elimination of DMs.
However, they eventually rescinded the decision, and spent time fixing the errors of the past to prevent the issue from recurring. Earlier this year, Twitter announced the creation of group direct messages, a new feature designed to boost collaboration amongst connected users. Further DM enhancements included the ability to transmit photos, and the ability for non-followers to send direct messages to each other.
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