Twitter’s attitude towards its direct messaging feature was quite neglectful few years back. The service was all but abandoned for years, making many users to wonder if the feature was removed altogether. Several problems surfaced with time, read count failing to synchronize, flaky notifications and much more. To add to it all, a bug detected prevented users from sending links to any DMs.
By the end of 2014, the internal feeling of authorities for DMs thawed, things changed. All venerable bugs were fixed, new and appealing features were introduced which included the ability to send pictures in DMs, creating and joining group DMs and receiving DMs who are not following. Twitter’s product manager for DM Sachin Agarwal said, “We’ve done a lot to improve direct messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon”.
After this, the Twitter authorities have gone further to keep their word. They have now decided to remove the 140-character limit on direct messages from July 2015. However, they mentioned this change to be ineffective for public facing tweets. As per the latest changes announced ahead of time by the developers in Twitter community to facilitate third part apps, the character limit for direct messages will be changed from 140 characters to 10,000.
To make the change flawless for developers and users of third party applications, Twitter announced some easy to follow steps. These steps are necessary preparations for change. The instructions are:
Twitter encourages developers to test and deploy the changes in advance. However, developers should keep the fact in mind that the changes would roll only from July. Further updates from Twitter will be available from time to time.