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Twitter Lifts 140-Character Limit - But Only for Direct Messages

Twitter is doing away with its 140-characters-or-less limit — but only for Direct Messages.
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Twitter is lifting the 140-character limit on Direct Messages. Dominic Lipinski / Associated Press

Feeling a bit chatty or long-winded today? Twitter’s got your back. The company that built a global online social media platform around tweets of 140 characters or less is doing away with that numerical limit — but only for Direct Messages.

"You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over," Twitter Product Manager Sachin Agarwal explained in a blog post. "Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun."

Direct Messages are what you use to have private conversations with other Twitter users.

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As for the public side of Twitter, Agarwal says that will stay the same (at least for now). "Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. So, start working on those sonnets," Agarwal quipped.

The DM change, greeted with the usual snarkiness by (who else?) Twitter users, started rolling out Wednesday on Android and iOS apps, on, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac. The full rollout will continue "over the next few weeks."