Twitter has gone about a new change in its Direct Messages settings, extending the limit of characters from 140 to 10,000 characters.
This new tweak is part of a long series of changes that the microblogging platform has introduced throughout the year to make it increasingly appealing to both current users and potential users it is looking to reach.
The Product Manager of Twitter, Sachin Agarwal delivered the message of the character limit expansion, addressing in particular developers who are encouraged to follow the website for more precise information on guidelines and release date.
For now, the change is expected to take place in July, but no definite release date was released by Twitter’s Sachin Agarwal during his Friday announcement.
For app developers, recommended sources to follow are REST and Streaming APIs community. Following the release of further information, developers will be able to tweak interface of the apps in accordance.
The character limit extension is referring exclusively to direct messages. Tweets remained confined to the 140 characters limit, exerting no interface change for public Twitter.
Group direct messages were also introduced in the beginning of the year by Twitter. For conversations that are growing too crowded in the public space, Twitter users can start a selective private thread in group direct messages conversation.
The same privacy lines apply if a user is keeping in touch with other users, or brands at the same time as to single direct messages.
One part that might not please everyone is that group direct messages allows the initiation of a one-on-one conversation between users who don’t know each other.
Nonetheless, the import-export block list feature might save the situation to some extent. Introduced during the past week, the feature allows Twitter users to curate the block list and share it with others if they so wish.
This feature is expected to increase the safety of Twitter as a public space and reduce spamming to a minimum via a collective crowd effort.
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