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Twitter Direct Messages Now A Whole Lot More Verbose
By: Jessica Cherok
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Twitter has announced that they are removing the 140-character limit from direct messages. The limit remains the same for tweets, but at least you'll be able to finish your sentences in the messages.

According to last week's blog post about the change, Twitter said:
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.

You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. In a word, nothing. Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. So, start working on those sonnets.
Earlier this year, Twitter changed who could send direct messages. Now, users don't have to be following one another to send direct messages, but only if users have opted into the feature.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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