Twitter to increase Direct Message character count from 140 to 10,000

Twitter to increase Direct Message character count from 140 to 10,000

In an announcement made on Thursday, popular microblogging service Twitter revealed that the character count for Direct Message (DM) private chat feature is being increased from 140 characters to a whopping 10,000 characters.

The disclosure implies that the so far minimalist and concise DM feature is on its way to become Twitter's legitimate messaging service; to offer more substantial competition to widely-used messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.

Twitter's move to expand the DM character count from 140 to 10,000 is a highly noteworthy move because Twitter has largely been known for its enforced brevity, of a maximum of 140 characters. Despite the fact that the short-form private chat was useful, most users found it to be extremely limited, as they had to switch to other instant messaging services if they had to do more than just swap links and make quick comments.

Announcing its move to break from its enforced brevity for the DM private messages feature, Twitter said on Thursday that the change underscoring 'increased character count' for DM will to rolled out in July.

In reference to the forthcoming change coming to DM character count, Sachin Agarwal - Twitter's product manager for Direct Message - said in a recent blog post: "We've done a lot to improve Direct Messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon."

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