Twitter has announced direct messages can now go beyond 140 characters, in an effort to make the “private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun”, as explained by Twitter Canada’s director of media, Christopher Doyle:
While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world. That’s why we’ve made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.
Twitter first noted they would remove the 140 character limit back in June, when they said the new messaging limit would arrive in July.
The changes will be rolled out today across the company’s apps, web, TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac, with a continued worldwide rollout over the next few weeks.
I’m wondering if we’ll ever see a separate app for Twitter direct messages, to rival what Facebook has created with Messenger.