Good News! Twitter Sheds 140 Character Limit For DMs

Good News! Twitter Sheds 140 Character Limit For DMs
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Twitter announced that it has officially removed the cap of 140 characters for Direct Messages.


140 Character Limit Lifted

The micro-blogging shared the news in a blog post.

“If you’ve checked your Direct Messages today, you may have noticed that something’s missing: the limitation of 140 characters,” Twitter said.

“You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over.”

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Users will be able to compose messages of up to 10,000 characters in mobile and desktop applications, and on the web. The same will work on third party applications, such as Tweetbot.

“It’s the No. 1 request we get from folks,” Sachin Agarwal, product manager for DMs, said, as reported by The Verge. “They want to be able to say what’s on their mind and be themselves.”

While Twitter had announced the change in June, which was expected to roll out in July, the 140-character limit was taken off Thursday. The latest move is “another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.”

Cap Stays For Normal Tweets

However, the rest of the Twitter structure remains the same. Users will have to conform to the 140-character limit while posting tweets.

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The expansion of the character limit is to make Direct Messages a platform where users can discuss tweets, and the people posting them.

“We want to make sure you can really fluidly move between public and private,” Agarwal said.

The new character limit will be released for Android and iOS applications,, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac, IGN reports.

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