Twitter Removes 140-Character Limit for Direct Messages

Twitter has removed the 140-character limit from Direct Messages. "You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have...
By Inkd, Aug 12, 2015 | Updated: Aug 12, 2015 | |
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    If you are an avid Twitter user, you may have noticed some slight changes. It's finally official. Twitter has removed the 140-character limit from Direct Messages. "You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over," says Sachin Agarwal (Twitter's Product Manager). Twitter announced their ambitions to make these changes back in early June, but for some reason decided to wait until today to integrate this feature. Users can now send Direct Messages as long as 10,000 characters.

    Unfortunately, this update will not impact the 140-character limit on normal Tweets, even though that's what the majority of people want. These changes will begin to roll out across Twitter's Android and iOS apps, along with Twitter.com, Twitter for Mac computers, and TweetDeck. According to Agarwal's blog post, "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."

    I personally think that this was a big step towards improving Twitter and making it more user friendly, however, much more still needs to be done. For instance, I think that the 140-character limit for actual Tweets need to be expanded. I don't think Tweets should have a 10,000-character limit, but more than 140-characters is definitely needed. In all honesty, this particular update wasn't even 'that' necessary. What are your opinions on the most recent Twitter changes?

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