Now You Can Send a DM to a Twitter User, Even if You Don’t Follow Them

Twitter recently updated a privacy setting, allowing users to opt-in to receive and reply to direct messages from anyone.

If your Twitter privacy settings allow, now anyone can slide into your DMs.

Twitter recently updated a privacy setting, allowing users to opt-in to receive and reply to direct messages from anyone.

Twitter senior software engineer Nhu Vuong announced the features in a blog post:

Direct Messages are the best way to take your public Twitter conversations private. Today, we’re changing how direct messaging works so that it’s even easier for you to communicate one-to-one or with a chosen group of people, anywhere in the world.

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.

Twitter has also added a special direct message button on its Android and iPhone apps, which shows up on a profile page when you’re allowed to DM a user.

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