Twitter announced that the social network will remove the 140-character limit in Direct Messages in order to compete with WhatsApp. The new character limit will be 1,000, which means that the users will no longer have to split their messages when they will have more to write to their friends.
Awesome news for the Twitter fans! Starting from July 1, they will be able to send bigger Direct Messages to their friends, because until now, they were limited to 140 characters. This announcement was made by Sachin Agarwal, Twitter’s Product Manager for Direct Messages, who wrote on the official company blog that “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”.
Another recent big change was the possibility to send a Direct Chat to any Twitter user, without needing to Follow that person and to be followed by him/her. Moreover, the users will be able to embed and share tweets directly from a Direct Message conversation, and this is a very smart move from Twitter.
However, the public tweets will continue to be 140-characters long, so this change doesn’t apply to them, although we wouldn’t want to have the option to share our thoughts without being limited to 140 characters.
But it’s still a good thing that the private messages will be longer, because this strategy will help Twitter to compete with WhatsApp, the application with the fastest ascension, which is used by over 800 million people from all over the world. Currently, Twitter is used by over 230 million people and the number is oscillating from one month to another. Most of the famous celebrities are using Twitter to keep their fans updated with their careers, they post pictures and their fans are retweeting them. However, there are individuals who need Twitter to promote their businesses.
But there’s a big difference between Twitter and WhatsApp, because the latter application allows its users to make voice calls, to create group chats with up to 100 members, share their location and do a lot of other things. Twitter is all about posting tweets – shorts posts limited to 140 characters, but they can also share pictures.