Twitter to Lift 140-Character Limit on Direct Messages, Starting July

Starting next month, Twitter will become a much more “user friendly” messaging platform: It will allow users to send 10,000-character messages, ending an era of 140-character texts, the social media platform announced yesterday. That, however, is just for Direct Messages or DMs.


We’ve done a lot to improve Direct Messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon. One change coming in July that we want to make you aware of now (and first!) is the removal of the 140 character limit in Direct Messages.

Twitter is undergoing major changes: CEO Dick Costolo announced yesterday that he will step down and that co-founder Jack Dorsey will take the role of interim CEO. But that’s just the administrative changes the company is going through. For users, the lift of the 140-character limit is a major (and welcome) move.

Regular tweets will still be limited to 140-characters, but that means users may turn to direct messages for sharing longer texts. Twitter’s product manager for direct messages, Sachin Agarwal, signed the announcement notifying developers about the change, in time for them to update their apps and services.

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  • Samantha

    The thing they should really fix, is private account @replies being seen by who they’re tweeting to.

    Right now, if you your account is private and you @reply .. sayyy a celeb and they’re not following you back.. they won’t see the @reply because your account is private. If they’re not following you, they won’t see the tweet.

    Stupid. I don’t want the world seeing all of my tweets, but when I @reply someone famous or a company that’s not following me, they should still see it. I’m @repling them for a reason.

  • I still don’t understand the fascination with Twitter to this very day. It’s like people going gaga for Nokia flip phones, times have change and there’s much better things out 😛

    I’m probably just the odd man out here.

  • carol argo

    I suspect its attraction will wane quick ,with the 140 char limit remove .just doubling I would have been better

  • thewinnipegger

    140 character limits are a pain in the butt, if they incorporated a twitlonger style support by default then it would be so much better cause no one can push a conversation in 140 characters.

  • This is just for private direct messages. Public tweets are still limited to 140 characters.