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Twitter ends 140-character Direct Message limit






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People on Twitter can now send messages that are longer than 140 characters. Tweets are still restricted to the 140-character limit but Direct Messages (DMs) can be up to 10,000 characters. DMs are personal communications sent from one person to another. Twitter's Product Manager blogged about the change. He wrote: "You can now chat on and on in a single Direct Message and likely still have some characters left over." 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 over the next few weeks on a country-by-country basis. The site's co-founder recently admitted Twitter needed to do better to keep up with its competitors. Twitter currently has about 300 million global users while rival Facebook has more than 1.4 billion. Facebook has spent a lot of money on making their messaging services more user-friendly. Twitter has been trying the same throughout this year. It recently started group DMs and let people accept private messages, even from people they do not follow.

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