Twitter is making a major policy change by eliminating the 140-character limit for Direct Messages.
The social media giant said today that it is removing restrictions on the character-count in direct conversations in order to make the “private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun”.
Android, Twitter’s official website, Tweet Deck, and Twitter for Mac and iOS will be the first to have restrictions lifted today (August 12), with a worldwide rollout planned for “the next few weeks”.
Twitter product manager Sachin Agarwal blogged: “You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. In a word, nothing. Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. So, start working on those sonnets.”
In spite of this policy change, sending and receiving direct messages through SMS will remain limited.
The 140-character limit for tweets was originally instituted to comply with SMS messaging compatibility.
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