Twitter tweaks management and messaging

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(WTNH)– The big news in the Twitter-verse yesterday was about….Twitter! 

It was mostly about how CEO Richard Costello was departing; after several years of slowing user growth, poor revenue prospects, and increasing stockholder anxiety. That might not be impacting your day-to-day tweeting life for awhile, but the other news will.

Twitter is dropping the 140 character limit for its Direct Messaging feature. I think that’s a good idea. 

Whenever I direct message one of my many, many followers — you’ll notice I’m up to 417, a number which, like Twitter’s revenue projections, seems to be growing at an ever slowing rate — I want to be able to express myself more fully than when I tweet to the world at large.

It was part of my Twitter learning curve; first there were the embarrassing episodes when I would tweet directly and borderline inappropriately to a follower/friend, only to realize that it went out to everyone. 

I finally got the hang of that after, you know, 7 or 8 flubs. So when I discovered the Direct Messaging feature, my first efforts went something like this:

“Dude! Great to hear from you… so glad we’re both on Twitter together. So did you hear about what happened to Steve? I cannot believe that he..”

I figured that one out eventually also, and dropped all DM’ing soon after. I can muster up enough discipline for the 140-character limit on Tweets, but messaging person-to-person? Man, I have things to say.

Twitter is swearing on a stack of smartphones that it’s going to keep the 140-rule in place for Tweets.  But I wonder.  With Facebook and its unlimited character/photo/video capacity eating Twitter’s lunch in terms of popularity and profitability, one has to wonder if the product-defining character limit is long for this world.

As for the new direct messaging format, company officials say it takes effect in July. So in the meantime

 

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