Twitter Will Increase DM Character Limit, Among Other Changes

Twitter is known for their 140-character limit, both for tweets and direct messages (DM). Other social network apps, like Facebook and WhatsApp (recently acquired by Facebook), have upped the bar by increasing their message character limits. Is Twitter stepping up to the challenge?

Twitter’s development team has been working on increasing the DM character limit from 140 to 10,000. Along with the increase in characters, users will also be able to create groups within the DMs, receive messages from people who do not follow them, and upload videos. The changes are set to begin in July.

Another adjustment to begin July 1 is Twitter CEO Dick Costolo stepping down. In his place, Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder and chairman, will serve as interim CEO. Costolo, who will remain on the Board of Directors, did not give a reason for his departure.

Costolo states, “I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the Company. We have great leaders who work well together and a clear strategy that informs our objectives and priorities. There is no one better than Jack Dorsey to lead Twitter during this transition.”

Amidst the changes to leadership and DM features, the 140-character limit on tweets will remain the same.


Senior Summer: Clean Your(Online)self Up

Back in the olden days, people used resumes and work samples and maybe a few word-of-mouth connections here and there to get jobs. Today, however, employers want to be absolutely sure the person they’re hiring is the person they’ve presented themselves to be in interviews. And for that, they get a little help from this new-fangled invention called the internet.

It’s more than just good shopping these days as employers use social media to check up on you. Here are some tasks you, a potential job candidate, are employed to work on this summer:

  • If you don’t already have one, get a LinkedIn profile. If you do already have one (and if you followed the first sentence, you should!), improve it and make it even better. There are tips here.
  • Next up, all other social media accounts. We’ve heard the trite advice of not posting compromising pics and petty comments, but what about the type of blog you run? Your Profile settings? The apps you play? They may need to be adjusted some and here’s how.
  • Lastly, make yourself heard…in the right way. When you do post online, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or WordPress, make sure you’re respectfully yet interestingly grabbing your reader’s attention, formatting your communication in the most effective way possible, and most importantly, presenting yourself as, well, you. Be funny, passionate, intelligent, whoever that may be, and let your online presence show that.

With this advice in mind, you’re well on your way and hopefully, won’t be rejected for a position (summer or otherwise) again.

Season Caught-Up/Series Complete: Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra

(Finally finished! I sincerely miss the drawing styles of Michael Di Martino and Bryan Konietzko, who also created my all-time favorite series, Avatar: The Last Airbender; seriously, Nickelodeon’s highest-rated series)

Book Read: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

(Not my pic; GeekGirl 's pic and she gives an excellent synopsis here)

(Not my pic; GeekGirl ‘s pic and she gives an excellent synopsis here)

(The last book in the Traveling Pants series left me with more tears than laughs and was tough to read at times, but overall, a good book and a comfortable ending to the series as well. Definitely a book about friendship but in a different way than in the previous books in the series.)

Trends in Journalism: Social Media Coverage

This past week was huge in terms of updates in media. Lately, the U.S. has been concerned with events in Syria, Gaza, Palestine, Ukraine, and other overseas locations, but there were some pretty big shake-ups on the home front too. In terms of coverage, generations of Americans are grieving the loss of comedian and award-winning actor, Robin Williams. Traditional media sources such as cable news networks, newspapers, and radio stations, have been updating facts surrounding the star’s death on a daily basis.

There were other events that deserved more attention than they actually received this week as well. Last Saturday, in Ferguson, Missouri, an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer. I’m not here to discuss the rights and wrongs and morality of the incident–that is up to each individual person to decide for him or herself. Instead, I wish to discuss how powerful the tool of media was (or could have been) during such an event.

If you’re not familiar with the event, educate yourself. Outrage over the shooting and handling of the late Michael Brown’s body prompted protesting from Ferguson citizens as well as increased police force, involving restricting the limits of the town, military-grade weapons and tear gas as a means of crowd control. Citizens began looting overnight. It was pure chaos. And yet no one knew.

The police even restricted journalism outlets from reporting there, and in some cases, arrested journalists. Most of the news of the Ferguson situation came from social media. As a journalist, I often hear from more experienced reporters that the advent of online technology, social media, and the blogosphere makes for a decline in real journalism as well as increase the struggle of actually getting paid. When I think of the dwindling newspaper industry, I can’t help but agree. Coverage in Ferguson, however, renewed my belief of journalism.

The sole goal of journalism is not “How can I get paid for this story?” The goal of journalism is to inform the public of what is happening in their world. Period.

Events from Ferguson gave us powerful informative reports by the people who were there. Forget about trying to make the words sound pretty. Just tell us what is happening. That is real journalism.

A range of emotions captured in a single image.


The parallels drawn between now and the history we seem doomed to repeat.

Updates on a dynamic situation.


That is real journalism.

I am not looking forward to the job hunt after college in my chosen field. At times, it seems only to favor those with money to spare. But as far as being concerned about the state of journalism, the problem isn’t that it is dying; the problem is being overwhelmed with the possibility that is growing bigger. And believe me, there are worse problems to have.