• Twitter Begins Removing the 140 Character Limit From Direct Messaging



    On Wednesday, Twitter announced via its blog that it would begin removing the 140 character limit from the social network's direct-messaging service, allowing users to send messages to one another without being limited to what they can say like they are when they Tweet.

    It's no surprise, as Twitter has been talking about doing this for some time now, but just hasn't gotten around to doing it until now.

    If you’ve checked your Direct Messages today, you may have noticed that something’s missing: the limitation of 140 characters. You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over.
    Without this limitation, users can say more in a single message without having to send message after message after message to try and get their point across. Although Twitter at its core has always been a way to keep information short, sweet, and to the point, this transition means that Twitter can now compete with other social networks that offer unlimited messaging to users.

    As Twitter notes, public Tweets will remain limited to 140 characters so that they stay short and sweet, because frankly, Twitter doesn't just want to be another Facebook.

    All users will not see the feature immediately; it will be rolling out to Web, Android, iOS, and third-party applications in coming weeks, so you'll just have to keep your eyes out for it if you're a Twitter user and have been looking forward to this change.

    You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. In a word, nothing. Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. So, start working on those sonnets.

    We’ll begin rolling out this change today across our Android and iOS apps, on twitter.com, 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.
    Source: Twitter
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Twitter Begins Removing the 140 Character Limit From Direct Messaging started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
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