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Twitter deletes Direct Message character limit

Joanna Tatum
August 13, 2015

140 characters not enough to say everything in private? Twitter has the problem solved.

Twitter has announced today that it is removing the 140 character limit from its private Direct Message service.

In response to those who prefer to use Twitter’s messaging aspect as a private chat instead of a pseudo-text message service, the move has opened up the possibility of long, long, long messages when there’s a lot to say.

Twitter claims that “today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun” and cheekily suggests that its users start working on a few sonnets to send.

Twitter Direct Message rhyme

And the rest of Twitter?

The 140-character limit so characteristic of the social media site

Twitter will begin rolling out the updates to all platforms today, including its Android and iOS apps, TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac. It will continue rolling it out worldwide over the next few weeks. The website is already free of its former restriction, as demonstrated above.

Direct Messages via SMS, unfortunately, will still be limited.

Twitter gif

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