Twitter to Remove 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages

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Twitter to Remove 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages

Twitter users would soon be able to send longer direct messages as the micro-blogging network has announced it will be eliminating the 140-character limit and extending it to 10,000.

Sachin Agarwal, Twitter Product Manager, on Friday made the announcement for developers. The 10,000 character limit will be reaching the general users in July. The firm however, has not mentioned the exact date of rollout. Developers can take a look at the REST and Streaming APIs on the community website and adjust their app's interface accordingly.

It is worth mentioning that the character limit has been extended only for direct messages, and not for tweets themselves, which will stay limited at 140 characters. "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," added Agarwal.

The social media website on Wednesday introduced a feature to export and import block lists. With the new feature, Twitter users can curate their own list of blocked users on the micro-blogging network and share it with others. This is said to help make Twitter spam-free and safer. Other users on the platform can also add more users to the shared list by importing to their accounts.

It also introduced changes to how conversations are shown on the tweet page which might save users some time untangling the usual mess of conversation replies surrounding a tweet.

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