Twitter, that bastion of brevity, said Wednesday that it’s letting its users go long.
While public messages will still have their 140-character limit, the company said that it’s lifting the cap for direct messages. This comes as part of an ongoing effort to make Twitter a more effective personal communication tool, the company said. The 140-character cap was first inspired by the character limits placed on text messages. That’s perfect for public messages, but certainly limiting to private conversation.
“Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun,” wrote Twitter product manager Sachin Agarwal in the blog post. The change is rolling out to users starting Wednesday.
Twitter has already made it possible to send group direct messages, and given users the option to receive and send direct messages from any Twitter user, regardless of whether those two people follow each other. These moves may be part of an effort to help turn Twitter into a more accessible social network and boost its growth — something investors and executives have highlighted as a top priority for the company.
In other Twitter news, its live-streaming app, Periscope also had some big news today: the service has hit 10 million users in just four months. The service made its announcement — where else? — on a Periscope livestream. Periscope founder Kayvon Beykpour also shared that the app’s users are streaming a whole lot of content — about 40 years-worth of video, per day.