You can now receive Direct Messages from anyone on Twitter, even if you don’t follow them
Twitter has made changes to its direct message (DM) feature, allowing you to receive private messages from other users, even if you don’t follow them. The feature is available in the form of a new setting, which is turned off by default.
“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,” the microblogging company said in a blog post. “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.”
An important point worth noting is that if you have enabled the aforementioned setting and want to stop someone from sending you DMs, you can do so by blocking them. The changes, which are rolling out worldwide, also include a new DM button on profile pages of people you can send messages to – the button will only be available to iPhone and Android users.
This comes just a few months after Twitter added group direct messages (DMs) to its service.