Twitter is one of the largest social networks around, and many of us use it on our phones and tablets to keep up on news, follow celebrities, and get random thoughts from our friends. And this July, a major change is coming to the service.
Twitter says that in July, it’s going to change the 140 character limit on Direct Messages. Today that limit is in place just like it is for regular tweets, despite the fact that DMs are private conversations between two people. The new character limit for Direct Messages will be 10,000, so yeah, this is a big jump.
And before you ask, no, the regular tweet character limit isn’t changing. Twitter says that regular tweets will continue to have a 140 character limit.
Twitter is all about brevity, requiring that users be direct and to the point when composing a tweet or message. The news that Direct Messages are getting a substantially larger character limit means that you no longer need to be as brief when sending a DM, which could convince more users to start sending DMs rather than switching to email or another service when they need to send a lengthy message. And the good news is that because Twitter is alerting devs to the DM change now, your favorite Twitter apps ought to be compatible with lengthier DMs around the time that the feature goes live in July.