As Twitter and Medium modernize for the new age known as the third quarter of 2015, they have both made announcements about the astonishing new directions both companies are taking and both will letting users have access to something extraordinary and magically powerful.
Today’s Twitter announced that the company would at last be relaxing its 140 character rule for DMs. Imagine sending a private messages, of any length you choose, using the internet! That’s right. It’s going to completely disrupt the postal service.
We’ve done a lot to improve Direct Messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon. One change coming in July that we want to make you aware of now (and first!) is the removal of the 140 character limit in Direct Messages.
I’m impressed. Sending email through Twitter is major breakthrough. My AOL account is getting jealous.
But it’s not as much of a revolution as what’s happening a few San Francisco office blocks away at Medium, where they’ve introduced a feature they’re elegantly calling “Letters.” Over at Medium’s blog The Story, Katie Zhu explains that the company is “building a new kind of media product” that emphasizes “continuity.” What will it be? Zhu writes:
We’re very excited to announce the launch of a new feature for Publications. We’re calling it Letters. We think it’s valuable, especially in today’s world of endless information streams, to remember the act of letter writing as an intimate form of communication.