Monday , March 19 2018

Twitter to remove 140 character limit for direct messages, starting July


Twitter have made some pretty significant announcements today, including the departure of their CEO Dick Costolo. However, that doesn’t impact too much upon the enjoyment of Twitter on Android. The removal of the 140 character limit in direct messages, though, that’ll make a bit of a difference!

The announcement is clear in that the limit will be removed for direct messages only; the 140 character limit will remain for normal tweets… though with the removal for messages, one can only imagine it MAY be considered for public tweets in future, or at least the limit may be raised. Bear in mind, Twitter was conceived in a time when it was primarily used via text message, and the 140 character limit reflected the (then) limits on the size of SMS.

Given that this time has long since passed, and we’re in an age of images, videos and cat GIFs in tweets, increasing that 140 character limit might increase the usability of Twitter just a little bit further. Who knows.

The announcement comes alongside news for developers that the APIs will be opened up publicly soon to allow third-party app developers to take advantage of the new 10k limit for messages. 10k characters might be far too much for public tweets, but increasing the limit from 140 chars to 280, or 512 chars would be a good move.

Let’s see what Twitter does next.

Source: Twitter Community.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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