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Twitter tweaks messaging service yet again with bigger emojis for Direct Messages

Sarah-Jane Murphy & Agencies

Published 06/10/2015 | 19:11

A sample of emojis currently available
A sample of emojis currently available
Some of the new Strictly Come Dancing emojis (Twitter/PA Wire)

Emoji lovers will get more than they bargained for with Twitter's latest messaging update.

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The tech giant has nowaltered the way that emojis appear when used in direct messages, making them much bigger in size.

The icons are now similar in appearance to stickers used in Facebook or Snapchat.

While the changes are live in the Twitter app and on the Twitter website it has not been confirmed if they will take effect in third-party Twitter applications such as tweetdeck or tweetbot.

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The new update is the latest tweak Twitter has made to its messaging service.

The company introduced group messaging features in January 2015, and subsequently gave users the facility to receive messages from anyone, not just someone that you follow.

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To the delight of users Twitter also recently dropped the 140-character limit on direct messages, a move it's anticipated introduce for regular tweets in the future.

The changes indicate that new CEO Jack Dorsey has bigger plans for Twitter's messaging features.

Twitter has also  launched a new feature called Moments that helps highlight the top stories being tweeted.

The feature will showcase top stories being discussed, even if you do not follow the tweeters.

It can be found by tapping a lightning bolt icon tab on the site or app, and the Moments - a mix of news and fluffy trending topics - will be updated throughout the day.

Twitter, which limits posts to 140 characters, has been trying to find a way to make the site easier to navigate and broaden its appeal beyond media junkies, athletes, celebrities and politicians.

The short messaging service has amassed more than 300 million users but its growth has been slowing.

Meanwhile, Facebook has 1.5 billion people on its online social network and even its photo-sharing application, Instagram, has surpassed Twitter in size.

The news comes a day after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey returned officially to the San Francisco company as chief executive.

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