Is this the sign of things to come? Twitter has from today ended the 140 character limit on Direct Messages.
Twitter, which is mostly about letting the world know your thoughts in all of 140 characters — this was once the limit for short messages — also has a relatively unexplored side where people chat away from the sight of trolls. While there are scores of popular apps that let you chat without any sort of limits or barriers, Twitter comes handy could now handy for long conversations with those who you don’t really know beyond Twitterverse.
However, the removal of character limits could be Twitter’s way of testing the waters to do the same with tweets. Of course, it will go against the every character of the platform, but Twitter is pretty much in a state where it can experiment with anything.
The new limit is up to 10,000 characters, making us wonder if the micro-blogging platform wants to morph into an email client.
Earlier in 2015, Twitter launched Group Direct Messages, in what the company called moves “to help users connect more easily and directly on Twitter with other users, causes and businesses”.
A release said the update will roll-out to all users on Twitter.com, TweetDeck and Twitter-owned-and-operated applications. However, mobile web users will only be able to receive long DMs. SMS DMs will continue its character limit with longer ones being split into multiple messages. While the first message will be sent as a DM in such a case, the remaining characters will post as Tweets.