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Twitter ending character limit for direct messages

Twitter has announced a major change in the way it handles direct messages.

The company has been working hard to overhaul its direct messaging element in recent times, and now it’s set to become a far more traditional offering.

Over on the Twitter Developers blog, the company has announced that it is removing the 140-character limit on direct messages from July.

This change seems particularly aimed at businesses dealing with customer queries and complaints. In such cases, having such a strict character limit always seemed a little unnecessarily restrictive.

Indeed, this reveal is evidently intended to give businesses and services a heads-up so that they can make the necessary changes to their apps in advance of the arrival of these longer form messages.

Besides this, the changes will simply make Twitter a much better private messaging service for everybody – if we even need another such thing.

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If you’re worrying that this is the beginning of the end for Twitter’s iconic snappy one-line communication system, don’t.

“You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today,” says Twitter.

So that’s alright then.

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