Twitter in the process of removing the 140 character limit on Direct Messages
Don’t be surprised if you still find yourself under the limitations, but the company is working its way through its apps to eliminate the limit
The the 140-character limit on Twitter Direct Messages is being removed, the company announced today. Users may still find the limitations still in place, depending on the app or website they are using, but it is going away.
“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,” the company wrote on its website blog today.
Some tech sites have been jumping the gun a bit, as Twitter said it will take awhile to roll out the change.
“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,” the company said. “Sending and receiving Direct Messages via SMS will still be limited.”
The move makes sense since Direct Messages are essentially the same as a messaging app. Any limitations places it at a disadvantage over other messaging apps. But Direct Messages is something Twitter users, especially those in the media, use all the time to provide a “heads-up” or to gain sources. Like connecting through LinkedIn, Twitter provides yet another avenue for communication between professionals. Now it will be more useful.
(If you have the Twitter iOS app you’ll find an update waiting you today, bringing the app up to version 6.34.1)