Twitter have quietly released two new features relating to the direct message feature – one that’s pretty useful, and one that – well, isn’t.
The first, and useful, feature is being able to receive direct messages from anyone who follows you. This will be useful for brands who won’t need to follow people to talk to them about any problems, but also for bloggers who might not want to have a large following list.
You can find this option on the Twitter Settings page.
The other feature which isn’t so useful is that you are not able to send links via direct message anymore. If you do try to send a DM with a link in, you’ll be told that an error stopped your message from being sent. This should go a long way to stop so much spam being sent out by DM – we’ve noticed a huge increase in these sort of DM’s lately. Twitter have said that this is a “technical issue” rather than a permanent feature, so hopefully it will be fixed soon.
What do you think of these new changes?