The social network giant Twitter has finally made it official that it will be removing the 140 character limit from its Direct Messages. Twitter has always limited tweets and direct messages to just 140 characters. The social network took a big step forward to make some changes in its services.

However, this is not the decision they took overnight but they have been planning it over the last few months. Couple of months ago the social network announced that it would be removing the 140-character limit for direct messages sometime in the near future and now they have officially declared it.

A spokesperson at Twitter quoted:

If you’ve checked your Direct Messages today, you may have noticed that something’s missing: the limitation of 140 characters. You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over.

Direct Messages are a great way to take the public Twitter experience private. Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that are all going on over Twitter. Twitter is a great social platform to start conversations with everyone around you and today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.

Changes that took place over the last few months:

  • Removed the 140-character limit for Direct Messages.
  • A setting that allows you to receive Direct Messages from anyone, even if you don’t follow them.
  • Updated messaging rules so you can reply to anyone who sends you a Direct Message, regardless of whether or not that person follows you.
  • A new Direct Message button on profile pages on Android and iOS apps.


Although 140-character limit have been removed from the direct messages, there is a limit of 10,000 characters to be precise but that would be more than enough for your Tweets. The limit could be a security measure to protect from spammers but we are fine with that as long as we don’t fill up 10,000 limit too.

Tweets on the other hand will still have the 140-character limit with all the functions intact like commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. The change has started rolling out for Android and iOS apps,, TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac.

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