Twitter new setting allows you to receive direct messages (DMs) from any follower, regardless you follow them back or not. Learn how to enable/disable it.
“Hey, please follow me so that I can send you a DM!”
Does it sound familiar to you? Twitter users should encounter it now and then.
It is Twitter’s rule that you can only send DM (direct message) to another Twitter user who you and him/her follow each other.
The rule helps to cut the amount of unwanted (read: Spam) Direct Messages in your Twitter inbox.
But it could be a hassle when you simply want to receive a private message from a Twitter user but you are not interested to follow him/her Twitter updates.
Do you follow a Twitter user temporarily to receive DMs then unfollow the account? It sounds stupid, isn’t it?
Not anymore, if you wish. A new Twitter setting “Receive direct messages from any follower” (pic) allows you to receive DM from Twitter followers, even you are not following them.
The new Twitter messages setting has a note say:
Generally, you must follow someone before they have the ability to direct message you. If you check this option, any Twitter user that follows you will be able to send you a DM, regardless of whether you decide to follow them back.
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Now you can decide whether you want to receive private messages from followers without following them back, or you want to keep your Twitter inbox to friends only.
With the setting checked, you do not need to follow Twitter users to receive their DMs – Keep your Twitter timeline to only those you care.
I think that company customer support teams on Twitter are cheering for the new Twitter setting. They are often ask customers to send account information in direct message (for privacy) to solve customers’ issues.
Do you enable/disable the Direct Message setting? I have mine enabled. Follow me (@liewcf) on Twitter to send me a DM now!
[via The Verge]