California, US (BBN)-Twitter will lift the classic 140 character limit for direct messages.
Starting in July, users will be able to send longer DMs, turning the feature into more of a typical instant messaging and group chat service, a la Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, reports the Hindustan Times.
The San Francisco based company announced the development on its website for developers.
Direct messages are different from tweets in that they are only visible between individual users.
The 140 character limit on tweets is set to remain the same.
We’ve done a lot to improve direct messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon,” said Sachin Agarwal, Twitter’s product manager for Direct Message.
You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter.
Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today.”
The announcement was made as Twitter said chief executive officer Dick Costolo is stepping down, reflecting the social media company’s struggle to define its vision in the months following its initial public offering.