Twitter just rolled out a function that allows users to direct message each other regardless of whether they are following the other party or not.
In their blog post, Twitter claimed that they were “changing how direct messaging works” so that it’s easier for users “to communicate one-to-one or with a chosen group of people”
They also gave an example of why they think the system is a good idea:
Communicating with people you may or may not know in real life just got easier. Previously, if you wanted to send a Direct Message to the ice cream shop down the street about how much you love their salted caramel flavor, you’d have to ask them to follow you first. With today’s changes, the ice cream shop can opt to receive Direct Messages from anyone; so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers.
Previously, users could receive messages from anyone they followed, but they weren’t allowed to reply unless that user followed them back. After the update, users are now free to write to anyone as long as the function is enabled.
An update to the Twitter app on Android and iPhone also introduced a “Direct Message” button on users’ profile. It will be available on the profiles of people who you can send direct messages to.
However, this service can be turned off in the “Settings” section.
What do you think of this new change? Will it trouble or bring convenience to users? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.