Twitter’s direct message (DM) system has always been a little bit, well, rubbish – it has few features and also a strange 160-character limit that confuses a lot of newcomers.
Good news! As of yesterday the platform has had a small upgrade, as you can now… wait for it… send and view photos within DMs.
But hold on. You can send and view photos in DMs through Twitter’s mobile apps on iPhone and Android, but you can only view photos in DMs on Twitter.com. You know, that have been sent from one of the mobile apps.
I mean… what? Does that make sense to anyone else? Sending private photos is hardly a mobile-specific feature, so surely it should be something that works on Twitter.com as well? You know, that place that’s the very hub of Twitter. Sure, we all tend to store a lot of images on our phones, but I’m not sure that means that Twitter.com needs to be excluded from the feature. Maybe this is an early sign that Twitter is moving away from where it all began?