Twitter’s 140 character limit got you down? That has now changed, but only for sending messages directly to friends.

From this week, any time you send a direct message to someone you want to speak with off the public record — because Twitter is generally quite public, unless your account is protected — you’ll find you no longer have to funnel your message through the filter of 140 characters on a message by message basis for friends.

“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,” said Sachin Agarwal, Product Manager at Twitter on a blog post this week.

“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.”

This updated character limit — or lack there of — only applies to direct messages, and any time you post to Twitter or reply to someone publicly, you’ll find the 140 character limit still exists, keeping the micro- and nano-blog status of posting updates and thoughts still locked down to a little over a hundred characters.

That change to Direct Messages (DMs) goes into effect now, though, and will happen on the Twitter web app, while Android and iOS will receive updates to address this change shortly, too. Australia should get the changes in the next few weeks, however, so if you’re wondering why your messages —

Australia should get the changes in the next few weeks, however, so if you’re wondering why your messages are stopping at the 140 character — STOP — limit, it’s because Australia may not have the update yet. Shortly, but not just yet. But stay tuned.