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Twitter To Remove 140-Character Limit from Direct Messages

Twitter users would soon be able to send direct messages on Twitter without any 140-character limit holding them back. The micro blogging network has announced that it will be eliminating this limit and extending it to 10,000. The private messages can be sent to another Twitter user without any character restriction. This change will be coming in July.

Twitter has added the ability to privately chat with other users several years back but this chatting feature has never been the major feature of this micro-blogging websites. Twitter is known for sharing short updates publicly. With fierce competition from social networks and messaging service apps, Twitter is making messaging a better and bigger deal. The character limit for regular tweets will remain in place.

Sachin Agarwal, Twitter Product Manager, made the announcement, “We encourage you to test and deploy the above changes in advance, but you won’t be able to send longer DMs until we launch in July. In the coming weeks though, we will update this post to include directions on how to test these changes, as well as a more specific launch date.”

You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today,”he added.

Remove 140-Character Limit

The announcement is initially targeted towards the developers so that they can update their APIs to accept messages longer than 140 characters. They need to review the new API additions, update the GET requests and adjust the app UI to accommodate longer DM text.

This initiative is helpful for users chatting with other Twitter users or talking to customer service accounts and need more characters to describe your problem.

On Wednesday, the social media website introduced the feature to export and import block lists. Users can curate their own list of blocked users and share it with others. This step will help Twitter to be safer. Xiaoyun Zhang, a Twitter User Safety Engineer said, “While many users find them [mute and block features] useful, we also recognize that some users – those who experience high volumes of unwanted interactions on Twitter – need more sophisticated tools. That’s where this new feature comes in.”

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