If you have gotten used to the small 140-character limitation on your direct messages, Twitter is announcing that they will be ditching that limitation.
That?s right, Twitter has revealed that they will be removing the 140-character limitation and will offer a new 140 Plus. However this only applies to the direct message function of Twitter. The change was already implemented since August, this was the explanation they made on their blog post:
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.
Re/code mentioned that Twitter is developing a new product that will provide a much expanded tweet, which is called 140 Plus. This redefines characters where things in your tweet, such as URL links will not count on the limitation, a way in cheating the system. Washington Post have speculated that Twitter is in need of creating new ways to attract new users, as the number of users have been declining over the years which made Twitter?s shareholders worried as the value shares have declined from $73 in 2013 to just $25 for this year. Twitter has 316 active monthly users and receives 500 million tweets a day.
However some of the users are not happy with the decision on removing the 140-character limit, as some explained that it made more people become creative on their tweets. Some are okay with the increase but only at a small increase of value.