Twitter has always been a website whose sole purpose is brevity. Twitter confines all posts on the website to 140 characters, in the interest of giving users the ability to scroll down an infinite and constant flow of information from their friends, favorite celebrities, and favorite news organizations. This dedication to brevity, however, has sometimes come at the expense of being able to properly communicate with your peers.
In an update to Twitter for Windows 10 today, the change to Twitter which removes this character limit from Direct Messages has finally rolled out. The patch notes listed on the Windows store only mention small changes (“Tweets with Twitter photos, Vine videos, and other select content now show a preview in your home timeline” and “View animated gifs in your home timeline,”) however the largest change is the lift of the iconic character limit from DMs.
The 140 character limit remains in place in the site proper, as is necessary for Twitter to keep its identity, but if you want to directly contact people you can now do so without cutting down your thoughts. This should come as a refreshing change to people who have all inevitably been misconstrued or taken out of context on Twitter because of the necessity to stay brief when voicing your opinions. With this new change in effect, people trying to express things to one another will be able to do so properly, in up to 10,000 words.
Whether this is indicative of some larger change to Twitter is yet to be seen, but it’s not out of the question to see the character limit extended on the Twitter dashboard proper. Obviously, Twitter will never raise it as high as they’ve raised the direct message character limit, however raising the limit up to even 200 could be a reasonable shift for Twitter in the future.Further reading: Twitter, Windows 10 Mobile