Twitter ends 140-character Direct Message limit

Twitter users can now send Direct Messages that are longer than 140 characters. They can now be up to 10,000 characters. Tweets are still limited to 140 characters. A Twitter manager blogged about the change. He wrote: "You can now chat on and on in a single Direct Message." He added: "Direct Messages let you have private conversations.…Tweets…are an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what's happening in your world."

Twitter will make the changes soon on a country-by-country basis. Twitter's co-founder said it must do more to keep up with its competitors. Twitter has about 300 million users while rival Facebook has more than 1.4 billion. Facebook spends a lot of money on making its site more user-friendly. Twitter has been doing this too. It recently started group DMs. People can also accept private messages, even from people they do not follow.