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Twitter Looking to Expand 140 Character Limit Very Soon

Twitter users may soon be able to tweet more than just 140 characters at a time, a new report suggests.

According to Re/Code, the social network is working on a new product that will allow its users to tweet beyond the 140-character limit.

Although the report notes users will be able to publish “long-form content to the service,” it’s unclear how exactly this would work. Existing services such as OneShot or TwitLonger allows users a way to share long messages to the site; OneShot uses an image and TwitLonger links to an outside page and includes a continued note in the tweet to keep on reading.

This post was made on TwitLonger. Lots of people ask how it works, so the easiest way is to show you how… (cont)

— TwitLonger (@twitlonger) June 1, 2014

The move would be a big move for Twitter, which has long embraced the 140-character restriction. The company declined to comment on the report.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal noted that interim CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey is behind the project, which has been given the name “140 Plus.”

It added one way the company is considering an expansion is by upping its character limit to 150 or more. However, some people internally believe a better answer to the restrictions is building a publishing platform, the report said.

It’s also possible that the site could allow users to embed more text within a tweet, along with the option for it to expand to view more. This would keep the streamlined look of Twitter relatively the same.

The news comes a little over a month after the company opened up its direct messaging service to exceed 140 characters. It also lands at a time where Dorsey remains the top candidate to become permanent CEO of Twitter.

Twitter is also said to be revamping the way it approaches new products — rather than rolling out incremental updates, it’s looking to introduce bigger changes more aligned with its overall vision, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Twitter now allows you receive direct messages from any user

Twitter announced on Monday that all users will now have the option to receive direct messages from any other user.

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The setting was originally introduced in fall 2013 but only rolled out to a small subset of people. This time around, Twitter will make the option available to all of Twitter’s 288 million monthly active users, with the social network rolling it out to people throughout Monday. Users can eventually check off  “Receive direct messages from anyone” on the “Security and privacy” settings page.

For Twitter users who didn’t have access to the setting until now, direct messaging was more limited: You could only send messages to users who followed you, and you could only receive messages from any user you followed.

While the feature may be trivial, it’s another small tweak in Twitter’s recent attempts to have users just plain message each other more, and in turn, boost engagement — particularly among brands and businesses. Twitter’s going to need them if it wants to reach its bold, “strictly hypothetical” goal of $14 billion in annual revenues within the next decade.

Over the last few months, the social network has rolled out a number of new features and tweaks. In January, for example, it introduced group direct messages, as well as the ability to share and edit video inside Twitter. And earlier in April, it officially revamped its retweet feature, making it easier for users to plug other people’s tweets and add their own comments.


Twitter celebrates 9th Birthday with Video of Kids, Who Tells How to Party

The microblogging service known as Twitter, which grew from Internet curiosity into essential media tool and social media channel, just turned 9 years old.

To celebrate its milestone, the company, which launched in 2006, created a charming video that features 9-year-old children describing what that age means to them.

Companies turning one year older aren’t usually noteworthy until you start talking decades, but in this case, the video’s cuteness factor makes it hard to resist.

Twitter turns 9 years old today. 9 years! Birthdays are always a good time to express some gratitude.

— Jack (@jack) March 21, 2015