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.