Twitter was built around brevity. Whether you're posting a tweet to the world, or sending a direct message to a colleague, you're typically limited to just 140 characters. That's about to change.

Twitter on Thursday announced that it's going to remove the character limit of direct messages this July. That means you won't need to stop typing at 140 characters — you can send whatever you want, so long as it's a direct message. It also suggests that Twitter is slowly beginning to take messaging much more seriously. In a world dominated by the likes of WhatsApp and Snapchat, it makes an awful lot of sense to adapt.

Twitter said standard tweets will still be capped at 140 characters. We can't help but wonder if this means we might someday see a stand-alone Twitter messaging application. It would make a heck of a lot more sense now.