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On August 12 Twitter announced something special: Starting immediately, Direct Messages on Twitter (DMs) will not be subject to Twitter’s 140 character limit anymore.In case anyone is confused: This change applies only to Direct Messages, Twitter’s internal private messaging system. It does not apply to normal Tweets, which are still limited to 140 characters.
However, this change is still very noteworthy. The 140 character limit is Twitter’s DNA. Ask anyone who ever used the internet and my guess is that the answer to the question “What’s Twitter?” will be along the lines of: “That’s the social network that limits everything to 140 characters.”
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