Twitter Dm Technology

Twitter removes 140 DM character limit

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By Ronan Shields | Digital Editor

August 12, 2015 | 3 min read

Twitter is in the process of some major overhauls, beginning with the removal of Dick Costolo as chief executive, search for a permanent replacement is ongoing as co-founder Jack Dorsey fills in, but now it has tweaked on of its central tenets, with the removal of the 140 character limit for direct messaging (DM).

A post penned by Twitter product manager Sachin Agarwal on the company’s official blog today (12 August) revealed the change that is to be launched on its Android and iOS apps, as well as twitter.com, plus desktop services TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac. Although sending and receiving DMs via SMS is still limited.

The 140 character limit still applies to public posts, demonstrating the social network – or interest network as many of its employees prefer to call it – is not in favour of a complete overhaul to its offering.

Agarwal’s post reads: “While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world.

“That’s why we’ve made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.

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