Get your thumbs ready - Twitter is giving you a lot more room to type in your direct messages.
Twitter announced that starting in July users will be able to send direct messages that are up to 10,000 characters, as opposed to the traditional 140 character limit. This is a major paradigm shift for Twitter, the social platform that runs on compact messages and short links.
In order to make the transition as seamless as possible, Twitter put out on their blog in order to ensure that your account can receive these longer formatted messages. We’ll have to wait until July to see if people start using Twitter as a messaging app as opposed to a microblogging platform. But the changes come in wake of many other big announcements from Twitter - including the resignation of CEO Dick Costolo.
Just for reference, an average word document page holds around 3,000 characters or 500 words - depending on what lengthy words you have in your vocabulary. With 10,000 characters, you have a lot of room to play with your content. You can now pretty much send a short story or long speech to anyone. So don’t be afraid to break out those big words and forgo the abbreviations you usually put into your tweets - though no promises the receiver is actually like reading your prolonged notes.