Twitter Drops 140-Character Limit for Direct Messages
Twitter just announced on their blog that they are officially dropping the 140-character limit for direct messages. The new limit will be 10,000 characters, which is a big step towards in making the private side of Twitter “even more powerful and fun”.
Twitter Canada’s director of media, Christopher Doyle explains:
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.
The update will roll out today across the web, TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac, with a continued worldwide rollout over the next few weeks.
For us at Kairay, we think that increasing the character limit will definitely increase user’s retention on Twitter, making the Social channel more user-friendly and powerful.
On the contrary, we feel that this might also increase the spam rate on the site, since it gives spammers more room to create irrelevant content.