So, Twitter is removing the 140 character limit… kind of
Know that amazing feeling when you craft a tweet that’s exactly 140 characters? Soon, that feeling’s going to go away, but only for one specific kind of tweet: the direct message. Staring in July, Twitter’s doing away with DM character caps. Say goodbye to using numbers in place of words, and feel free to start writing in complete sentences again. For DMs, the limit does not exist.
This past year alone, Twitter’s added a few spiffy new functions to the site. First, it FINALLY began allowing us to include GIFs in Tweets (THANK YOU). Then, introduced us to group DM chats, and removed the rule that you have to be following someone for them to send you a direct message — this one really helps out with companies handling customer service via Twitter (No more, “follow us so we can DM you!”). And now, your DM to Chipotle about a pressing guac situation will no longer be limited to whatever you can say in 140 characters or less.
As for regular Tweets, that limit is still set at 140 characters, and it doesn’t sound like that’s going to change anytime soon. BUT, OK, there actually is a limit to these new DMs, and it’s 10,000 characters. You guys, that’s a really long direct message. Everything I’ve written here is just shy of 1,000 characters. So take all this, and times it by 10. While I don’t suggest novel-length DMs to your friends, the option is now there if you really want to give it a go.
There’s no specific date for this new feature, other than a vague “sometime in July.” Start prepping your inbox for the big changes coming its way.
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