Have something to say on social media? Now you can say – or text – even more. Privately, that is.

Now you can “tweet” to your heart’s delight – without any character limits – but only for private messages. Twitter announced early Thursday that it is removing the 140-character limit to its “Direct Messages.” But on the public side, the limit remains.

Sachin Agarwal, product manager at Twitter, made the announcement via a blog, however, not a tweet, in order to explain in detail what’s going on.

You also will need the latest Twitter apps.

“If you’ve checked your Direct Messages today, you may have noticed that something’s missing: the limitation of 140 characters. You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over,” Agarwal wrote.

“While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world. That’s why we’ve made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.

What are Direct Messages? Twitter’s definition:

“Let’s speak privately.

“With Direct Messages on Twitter, you can communicate privately with a person or a group of people, instantly. Go beyond your friends and family. Keep in contact with experts, captivators, brands, and people you find interesting.”

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“You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. In a word, nothing. Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. So, start working on those sonnets.”

The changes are already being implemented across Android and Apple iOS apps as well as TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac, he added.

“If you can’t wait to try out longer Direct Messages, be sure you’re using the latest versions of our apps so you get the update right away,” he added. “Sending and receiving Direct Messages via SMS will still be limited.”

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