The microblogging site, Twitter has officially announced that the firm is allowing its users to send the ‘direct messages’ to their followers with an extended character limit from 140 characters to 10,000 characters.
The company further revealed that the update will be available to all users worldwide, who log into Twitter.com, TweetDeck and Twitter-owned-and-operated applications. However, the users from mobile browsers will only be able to receive long direct messages and but couldn’t send them, as of now.
“Twitter has eliminated the 140-character limit for DM, and users can now exchange messages privately of up to 10,000 characters, with the idea being that direct messages should seem limitless. Twitter aims to improve users’ messaging experience to give them the real estate to express themselves more freely and getting rid of the 140 character limit is just another step in that direction,” the company said in a statement.
Previously back in June this year, the microblogging site has revealed through its developer blog of that the firm is going to extend the 140 character support to 1000 characters. Twitter Product Manager (Direct Messages) Sachin Agarwal announced, “We’ve done a lot to improve Direct Messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon. One change coming in July that we want to make you aware of now (and first!) is the removal of the 140 character limit in Direct Messages.”
However, before the users start fretting at the prospects of receiving unsolicited extra long messages Twitter has provided to maintain the users’ privacy. The users can stop people you do not follow from sending you these new, extra-long Direct Messages. To do that, the user just have to uncheck the “Receive Direct Messages from anyone” box in the Security and privacy sections in Twitter’s settings.
In addition, earlier this year, Twitter has announced its group direct messaging service on its platform, which offers the users to chat with anyone and it could, meanwhile, send messages privately to an another user.