Twitter Abandons the 140-Character Limit for Direct Messages, Dangerously Unlocking Essays of Thirst

Is 10,000 characters enough for you? Start your DM essays now.

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For several naive years, those Twitter users most often subjected to unpoetical expressions of thirst via direct messages were somewhat comforted by the fact that such expressions were limited to 140 likely embarrassing characters. This limit, of course, was uniform with the strict simplicity of Twitter's overall platform, a success story of stripping life down to its core elements: communication with little to no frills (but plenty of GIFs).

However, today marks a turning point in the short but stacked-with-thirst history of DMs, as Twitter officially announced on Wednesday that the 140-character limit would be lifted. Doubling down on its previously reported promise, the once thirst-unfriendly limit is being replaced with a ceiling of 10,000 characters, meaning even the thirstiest of thirsters should have at least minor difficulty running out of space to say "notice me" in as many different ways as humanly possible.

"It's the No. 1 request we get from folks," Sachin Agarwal, product manager for DMs, tells The Verge. "They want to be able to say what's on their mind and be themselves." Though Agarwal doesn't downright deny rumors of a future standalone messaging service from Twitter, he's quick to confine the practice of DMing to "a place to take discussion of tweets, or the people tweeting them, to a private place." That's a noble prospect, though years of thirst from thirst armies all around the world would likely (sadly, annoyingly, etc.) disagree:

@ComplexPop Sliding in like...

— Andrew Gruttadaro (@andrewgrutt) August 12, 2015

Pro tip: Today just might be the day to update your Twitter settings by unchecking the box next to "receive direct messages from anyone."


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