Social networking giant Twitter has had a busy week. While CEO Dick Costolo announced that he would step down from his post at the end of the month, the company has also been busy making some important changes to its product.
First up, Twitter announced that it will remove the 140-character limit for direct messages sometime next month. In a note to developers, the company offered some ways to ensure that they are ready for the switch when it goes live.
Tweets will obviously still remain at the standard 140-character limit. But removing that limitation for private messages could help breathe some much-needed new life into the system. It could also signal that Twitter wants to spin off the direct messaging function into a separate app, something that was first rumored back in late 2013.
Volunteers will receive early access to a beta version of Twitter’s app and can try out new features. There’s no way to specifically request access as an invitation will appear in selected user’s Twitter feed in the app.