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Twitter to increase word limit of Direct Messages to 10k characters

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twitter-117595_640In a piece of good news for Twitteratti, Twitter has decided to increase the word limit for direct messages (DMs) to 10,000 characters from the present 140.

Twitter’s product designer Sachin Agarwal informed developers of the news ahead of the change, which will be rolled out to users in July, Venturebeat.com reported. No official date has been decided for the change though. The move does not remove Twitter’s design choice of constraining tweets to 140 characters — only direct messages.

“It’s a beautiful constraint that has inspired a whole new form of writing,” Twitter investor Chris Sacca wrote in a blog post earlier this month about what Twitter can do to improve. Sacca did not say he had a problem with the 140-character cap on DMs — and that is what’s changing.

Direct messages in other social networks, like Facebook and LinkedIn, do not have length limits. But Twitter’s affinity for the 140-character limit goes back to Twitter’s earliest days, when Twitter sent tweets in text messages. Now those days are long gone, and Twitter can evolve to meet the needs of its users and investors.

However, before you start fretting at the prospects of receiving unsolicited extra long messages there is some more news for you. You can stop people you do not follow from sending you these new, extra-long DMs. You can do that by un-checking the “Receive Direct Messages from anyone” box in the Security and privacy sections in Twitter’s settings.

– (IANS)

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Twitter Announces to Revert its Timeline Into A Pure Chronological Feed

Twitter has updated the "Show the best Tweets first" setting

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Twitter revives pure chronological timeline for over 300 mn users. Pixabay

Giving its over 336 million users more control, Twitter has announced that it will completely revert their timeline into a pure reverse chronological feed.

The micro-blogging platform in 2016 announced that it will only show “most important tweets” and stop the most recent tweets first which irked many users.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Twitter announced that in the coming weeks, it will start testing a “way to switch between a timeline of tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest tweets”.

“We’ve learned that when showing the best Tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful. However, we’ve heard feedback from people who, at times, prefer to see the most recent tweets,” said Twitter.

“Our goal with the timeline is to balance showing you the most recent tweets with the best tweets you’re likely to care about, but we don’t always get this balance right,” it added.

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The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. vOA

This is how it will work.

Flip on the feature in your settings from the iOS or Android Twitter app.

When you open Twitter after being away for a while, the tweets you’re most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline — still recent and in reverse chronological order.

The rest of the tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always.

“At any point, just pull-to-refresh to see all new tweets at the top in the live, up-to-the-second experience you already know and love,” said Twitter.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“We’re working on making it easier for people to control their Twitter timeline, including providing an easy switch to see the most recent tweets,” said Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour.

Twitter has updated the “Show the best Tweets first” setting.

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“When off, you’ll only see tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously when turned off, you’d also see ‘In case you missed it’ and recommended tweets from people you don’t follow,” it noted. (IANS)

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