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.