Twitter Adds Read Receipts, Typing Indicators, Web Link Previews to DMs

Twitter announced three new features for its direct messages: read receipts, typing indicators and web link previews.

Twitter announced three new features for its direct messages: read receipts, typing indicators and web link previews.

The features—similar to those found in messaging applications such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp–will be rolled out to iOS and Android users “over the coming days.”

Read receipts allow users in group chats to see when their messages have been seen by all the other participants. This feature is enabled on default, but users can turn it off in their settings menu under “send/receive read receipts.”

When DM recipients are the process of typing replies, three dots appear next to their profile pictures.

Desktop users will not see read receipts or typing indicators, although replies to DMs sent via desktop will generate read receipts. They will, however, have access to link previews, along with mobile users.

Readers: What are your thoughts on Twitter’s new DM features?