Twitter removing 140-character limit… for DMs

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Twitter’s 140-character limit is likely what has taken the popular social network to the top. These short posts are great for expressing your thoughts promptly and sharing web content effectively. There’s no crazy 1000-word rants on Twitter, and that is what makes it such a good place to spend your precious time on.

Would’t you agree that their messaging service is a bit broken, though? It’s hard to have a conversation via Direct Messages, knowing you will hit a limit and need to start a new DM. This is why most of us switch to other messaging services when we want to discuss anything, even if it may be something we saw on Twitter.

This will no longer be an issue, as the popular social network aims to keep its users around more by removing that 140-character limit on DMs. I am not sure if this means DMs can now contain unlimited characters (which could probably also be bad). Twitter is not crystal clear about this part yet, but nothing is pointing toward a higher character limit either. What we do know is these changes will come into effect starting July, which is coming very soon.

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Twitter has provided a new API to make sure developers are on board with these changes. Hopefully all (or most) apps will support longer DMs by the time Twitter upgrades their system. If you are a developer, you can get all the API files and details straight from Twitter’s official page.

As for consumers, all you will notice is that now your DMs can be much longer; regular Twitter posts will stay the same. Not so long ago Twitter added the ability to create group DMs, and now they are handing us the key to longer messages. Sure is refreshing, but what do you think? Would you agree that Twitter DMs have been broken until now? I am personally really looking forward to these changes coming in July.

 

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