Twitter removes 140-character limit for DMs

Starting today, users can send direct messages of unlimited length

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Twitter removes 140-character limit for DMs The company’s revenues and growth have so far underwhelmed investors (Getty Images)
By  Tom Paye Published  August 13, 2015

Twitter has today rolled out changes to its platform which allow users to send direct messages (DMs) to each other of unlimited length.

The struggling social network announced in July that it would be removing the 140-character limit from DMs when discussing its latest quarterly earnings report. This was along with a number of other planned shake-ups to the platform, aimed at tackling user growth and retention.

The company’s revenues and growth have so far underwhelmed investors, leading to CEO Dick Costolo to step down earlier in the summer.

Although the 140-character limit remains for tweets posted on web-facing timelines, there is now no limit for DMs. Twitter had earlier hinted that there would be a 10,000-character limit for messages, but this has apparently been lifted.

The change was rolled out through updates to Twitter’s mobile phone apps, as well as on the browser-based web version. However, pundits have pointed out that it may take a few weeks for the updated version to reach every user.

The removal of the 140-character limit for DMs has largely been met with approval by industry insiders, who believe that the old way of doing things pushed users to other platforms if they wanted to take conversations ‘offline’.

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