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No more 140-Character limit for Twitter Direct Messages

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If you have used your twitter DM recently you must have noticed something interesting, apparently, the social media site no longer has the 140-character limit for private messages. This announcement was made last week in a blog post where Twitter said they will now be a limit of 10,000 characters per Direct Message.

‘’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’’  Sachin Agarwal (@agarwal), Twitter’s Product Manager said in the blog post.

While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages which is Twitter’s version of private messages let you have private conversations without showing their followers.

Twitter says this changes does not however affect tweets ‘’ Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji’’ Sachin Agarwal added.

This new character limit comes after a number of changes Twitter has been making on its Direct Message system. Back in January, Twitter introduced group messaging, that allows multiple users to take part in a single conversation. The group function lets you start conversations with any of your followers and they don’t all need to follow one another in order to chat. You can create a group in just a few taps. In April, the company introduced a setting that allows you to receive Direct Messages from anyone, even if you don’t follow them.

Twitter started rolling out this new DM change last week across its Android and iOS apps, on,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.’’ Sachin concluded


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