Twitter recently announced that from July, you will be able to send direct messages of up to 10,000 characters.

But don’t expect the same change to occur in public-facing tweets, as the company has been at pains to make clear that there are no changes coming to the main part of the service. 

The change, which was announced ahead of time to Twitter’s developer community so that third-party apps can support it from launch, will raise the character limit on direct messages from 140 characters to 10,000. In comparison, Facebook Messenger has a character limit of 20,000.

“We’ve done a lot to improve direct messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon”, said Twitter’s product manager for direct messages Sachin Agarwal. “You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today.”

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