Twitter is finally taking messaging more serious, will remove 140 character limit for DMs in July


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We’re hoping this is just the first of many new changes coming to Twitter since appointing a new CEO. The decision to remove the 140 character limit from DMs (direct messages) may not be related to a new CEO, but it’s a welcome change none the less. Twitter has long imposed a 140 character limit when posting anything — even direct messages — creating an unique challenge for those looking to share links to articles and videos.

One could argue that the boom of short URLs on the internet sprouted out from these restrictions as Twitter grew into one of the biggest social networks in the world. But now with the world moving over to actual messaging services like Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat, it’s time for Twitter to start taking messaging more seriously.

We imagine it’s only a matter of time before Twitter launches some sort of stand-alone messaging service. It wouldn’t be too far fetched what with the purchase of services like Vine or Periscope. Twitter will remove the 140 character limit for users starting in July and if you’re a developer, you can read up more on what this means for you and your 3rd party Twitter apps via the link below.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. “We imagine it’s only a matter of time before Twitter launches some sort of stand-alone messaging service.”

    Why on earth this should even be a thought is just tedious. Seriously, there’s no reason for apps like FB and Twitter to have stand alone apps to serve 1 function instead of 1 single app that just works the way it should. For that reason alone to this day I have yet to install FB messenger. Why? At one time it was too easy to just respond to a DM. Now, I need yet another redundant app to answer a need that doesn’t exist!? Nope. If I get a FB message, I just go to the, (Far superior) web interface and reply now. 1 less app. Thank God for 3rd party developers that have the foresight to actually make social networking easy.

  2. Finally. My favorite radio station removed comments/questions section from their website and forced everyone to communicate via Twitter #angryface. Trying to voice your opinion on serious matters in Twitter is a torture.

    1. %Twitter %that radio station

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