Twitter users will benefit from a new feature starting today. This option will enable them to send messages even to people who don’t follow them. This feature was tested in the past but it didn’t last long then. However, it seems that its creators want to give it another try and maybe this time it might turn out to be more popular.
There are millions of Twitter users out there, but it seems that investors are making pressure on Twitter to attract an even larger number. This may be the reason behind this decision to allow direct messaging from basically anyone.
There are mixed feelings among users regarding this new feature. On the one hand, it is largely a positive thing for companies and famous people who will be able to contact or respond to their potential customers or fans without having to establish previous connection. It might also come in handy for users whenever they have comments or questions, as they don’t necessarily have to ask the company to follow them. On the other hand, people who have faced harassment on social media in the past are very unlikely to welcome this option with open arms. The good news from them is that the feature is not turned on by default, which means that they can either opt for it or just let it be and never turn it on. Moreover, when you choose to delete a message from a person whom you don’t follow, Twitter will record that and prevent that user from sending you anything else in the future. Twitter has put in many efforts to get rid of invasive harassment on their platform but they are still miles away from its complete eradication.
This renewed option is within everyone’s reach, just by clicking Settings – Security and privacy. The option is available at the bottom of the menu, just a check away from “Receive Direct Messages from anyone”. Mobile devices that run on Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS will also have a DM button on their profiles.
Some people who have tried it before are not exactly thrilled by it, as they say it is rather limited and it doesn’t offer the opportunity for conducting a real conversation. This is mostly due to the fact that the current Direct Messaging has a 140 characters limit, which makes it look antiquated, according to them.
However, Twitter insists that DM will allow faster and easier communication. It still remains to be seen how many users will jump at the opportunity and click on thoose buttons to start messaging.
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