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Wow! Twitter eliminated the 140-character message restriction

Twitter wants to give Facebook and other messaging apps a run for their money.

Today, the micro-blogging platform eliminated the 140-character restriction that applied to direct messages. That may not sound like a big deal, but it is.

You will now be able to send long messages to anyone that follows you, and won’t have to struggle to write a compact text or create a string of messages that might end up annoying the receiver.

I logged in to Twitter on my Mac computer and noticed that the message section doesn’t display a “140” number next to the compose section. I also opened the app on my iPhone 6 Plus but saw the update hasn’t arrived.

Talking about the iPhone 6 Plus, I finally got the update that enables to access Twitter in a horizontal way. Twitter also displays a new font and message window where you can select all the people that will receive your texts.

I can’t wait to get rid of the 140-character restriction on my iPhone. It looks like the update will be available in the coming weeks for Mac, PC, Android smartphones and tablets, iPhone and iPad.

You can read Twitter’s take on the update after the break.

We’re eliminating the 140-character limit, to make Direct Messages even more powerful and fun.

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.

While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world. That’s why we’ve made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.

You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. In a word, nothing. Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. So, start working on those sonnets.

We’ll begin rolling out this change today across our Android and iOS apps, on twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac. It will continue to roll out worldwide over the next few weeks. If you can’t wait to try out longer Direct Messages, be sure you’re using the latest versions of our apps so you get the update right away. Sending and receiving Direct Messages via SMS will still be limited.

What do you think of the restriction lift? Please let me know in the comment section and thank you for reading eliaspelcastre.com.