Twitter users will be able to use the platform as a messaging app from July, as the network expands its 140-character limit to 10 000 characters in direct messages (DMs).
This was announced yesterday by Twitter DM product manager Sachin Agarwal in a blog post to developers.
According to Darrell Etherington from US tech Web site techcrunch.com: “DMs have increasingly become more flexible and more powerful, and more easily used between individuals. Twitter looks poised to make it into a full-fledged competitor for platforms like Facebook Messenger if it continues down this path.”
This move by Twitter is an attempt to keep users on its platform, says Etherington. The previously 140-character limit meant in-depth conversations were impossible and forced users to move conversations to e-mail or another application.
Agarwal said nothing will be happening to the public side of Twitter. “Tweets will continue to be 140 characters as they are today.”