Twitter lifts limits on direct messages between users
Twitter has scrapped the restrictive 140-character limit on direct messages to lure users away from Whatsapp and Facebook. The feature is rolling out globally, with Twitter saying the aim is to allow users to ‘express themselves’ more freely.
“You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over,” said product manager Sachin Agarwal in a blog post.
“While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements and events that unfold on Twitter,” Agarwal added.
“Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.”
For now, the changes apply to Twitter users with Android and Apple mobile devices, online at twitter.com or on the TweetDeck application, although Agarwal said the change “will continue to roll out worldwide over the next few weeks.” Limits will still apply to those sending messages over SMS.