Direct Message Improvements on Twitter

Twitter announced some additional functionality to make direct messaging your followers more convenient. On both the desktop and mobile versions of Twitter a ‘direct message’ (DM) icon is now visible and makes it easier to send those contacts a personal message.

The direct message functionality is also built into tweets that appear on Twitter profiles. Tapping and holding a tweet will bring up a menu with the new option to DM someone the selected tweet.

Direct Message Button on Desktops

twitter direct message example for desktop

Direct Message Button on Mobile

twitter direct message mobile button

Tap and hold a tweet to bring up menu with option to share via direct message:

twitter direct message menu option

About Brian Loebig

Owner of, author of, and part-time Technology Manager for the Alliance for Performance Excellence, Brian has over 15 years of experience working in the quality improvement, human services and technology fields as an administrator and consultant. Brian has also worked as a practitioner and administrator in the corrections, substance abuse and human services fields with a special emphasis on technology. He continues to work with numerous community-based non-profits as a web technology consultant, board member and volunteer. Feel free to .
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2 Responses to Direct Message Improvements on Twitter

  1. For Twitter on the go, that’s a nice improvement. Hand held devices such as smartphones and tablets now outnumber the traditional PC’s in homes, so this is a very useful improvement.

  2. Tiberius says:

    It’s great that they made those changes – really helps businesses that use Twitter to connect with clients. A lot of these social networks have been pretty slow to fully cater for businesses that want to be on the platform (except, maybe, Facebook).

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