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Twitter To Lose the 140-character Limit On Direct Messages

Twitter announced that it will lose the 140-character limit on direct messages starting next month. Now everyone will be able to message each other directly, and at Tolstoy length, to say "thanks" for the follow!

Our public tweets will still be limited to 140 characters, at least for now.

If people can embarrass themselves at short length, just imagine what they'll be able to do one day if Twitter ever removes the 140-character limit on public tweets. (Don't worry, working journalists: You would still be able to source an entire story using only Twitter for "quotes," you would just have to sift through a lot more text to find these quotes.)

So what does this change mean for the workplace?

Well, Twitter also announced that, starting next month, we will be able to have direct, texting-like messaging conversations with up to 20 other people using photos AND emojis! Think virtual staff meetings, only with cat head icons.

Will companies, however, want to have potentially long-winded, proprietary work conversations via Twitter direct messaging? Could we just schedule a conference call instead?

Also, isn't the whole point of Twitter to make us severely self-edit our messages in order to fit the constricted word space? Isn't obligatory brevity, in a sense, at the very core of Twitter's brand?

It would seem that rolling back the 140-character limit would, in a way, essentially ruin tweeting. It certainly takes some of the fun out of it, assuming you're a wordsmith who takes looking for words and synonyms to fit the word space as a personal challenge.

And why does Twitter feel compelled to alter a key element that is so central to its entire concept?

The bottom line, in 140-characters or less: The average, direct-messaging professional should still work hard 2 get 2 the point on Twitter. Please?


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